Political Science

Politics, Religion and Freedom: The Supreme Court Case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

The Delta Tau chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, is hosting a public reception and panel discussion of the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. Featured panelists include Professors Dan Cullen, Mark Pohlmann, and Steve Wirls of the Political Science Department at Rhodes College. The Supreme Court decision in Burwell v.

Anna Eldridge

Professor Anna R. Eldridge, a Rhodes College graduate of the class of 2002, continued her education at Duke Law School before starting her career as an attorney. Professor Eldridge has practiced both civil and criminal law in a variety of settings and is licensed to practice in Georgia, Tennessee, and Arkansas. She returned to Rhodes as a coach to the nationally successful Mock Trial Program in 2008. Since then, Rhodes has appeared at every National Championship Tournament and Professor Eldridge has become the Director of the program.

Erin Dolgoy

Erin Dolgoy is a political scientist, with specializations in political theory and American politics. Her research focuses on the social and political influences of science and technology, in both the early modern period and contemporary American context. She joined the faculty at Rhodes College in 2013 as a Post Doctoral Fellow in Political Science.

She received her PhD from Michigan State University (2013), MAs from Michigan State University (2008) and the University of Alberta (2006), and an HBA from the University of Toronto (2003).  

Book Talk by Dr. Michael Nelson: "Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968"

Dr. Michael Nelson's new book, Resilient America, explores how urban riots and the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the politics of outrage and race, all pointed to a reordering of party coalitions, of groups and regions, a hardening and widening of an ideological divide, and to the historical importance of the 1968 election as a watershed event.

Jackie Baker

Jackie Baker became the Departmental Assistant for the Political Science Department in April 2010. She works directly with the professors in the department and oversees five student workers. In addition, she is the Programming Assistant to the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities.


Stephen Wirls

Stephen H. Wirls joined the faculty of the Political Science department in 1994. He teaches courses on American politics and political thought, including the introductory courses (110: Political Questions and 151: United States Politics) and upper level courses on Congress, American Political Thought, The Classical Search for Justice, and The Modern Search for Justice. He has taught frequently, and happily, in the Search program.

Keith C. Gibson

Keith Gibson joins the Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor.  Dr. Gibson received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  His areas of expertise include urban politics, public policy, electoral behavior and civic participation, and income inequality.  Dr. Gibson brings over ten years of experience working in the fields of public opinion and has worked in Washington, D.C. on some of the most pressing issues facing our country.  He was awarded the John W.


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