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Department of Political Science


Department Hires Four New Faculty

We are delighted to announce that three new faculty members will be joining the Department in August:  Professors Tobias Heinrich, Susan Miller, and Timothy Peterson.

Tobias Heinrich will receive his PhD from Rice University this May.  After graduating from the University of Regensburg, he joined Rice to study international relations, foreign policy, and political methodology. His dissertation, "Strategic Choices in Foreign Aid," employs models of political economy to understand broad patterns of foreign aid flows as well as their consequences on recipient countries' policy choices.  Toby has an article forthcoming in the Journal of Politics on “When Is Foreign Aid Selfish, When Is It Selfless?” which examines the age-old question of whether donors engage in foreign aid for strategic or humanitarian ends.  Two other articles, focused on the sources and effectiveness of economic sanctions, are forthcoming in Social Networks and International Interactions.

Dr. Peterson, who works in the field of International Relations, received his PhD from the University of Missouri in 2010.  His research examines the connections between international economic ties and political relationships.  He is also interested in the determinants of trade policy and the influence of human rights norms on interstate relationships.  His current research projects include an examination of how the composition of trade influences patterns of militarized conflict, and an analysis of when (or if) economic sanctions send signals of sanctioning states' resolve to third parties.  Dr. Peterson’s work is published in several journals including International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and British Journal of Political Science.

Dr. Susan M. Miller received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri in 2010. Her research bridges the fields of Public Administration and American Politics, focusing on bureaucratic and legislative institutions, particularly in the U.S. states.  She examines the implications of institutional features for public policy formulation and implementation.  Her current research includes several papers exploring the consequences of electing administrative officials for a variety of outcomes, including bureaucratic competence and democratic responsiveness.  Her research has been published in many journals including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, and American Politics Research.

Dr. Christopher Witko will be joining the faculty as a tenured Associate Professor.  He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2003, served as an Assistant Professor at California State University, Sacramento from 2003-07, and then moved to Saint Louis University where he earned tenure and Associate status in 2010.  Dr. Witko’s research interests and publication record extend across the fields of public policy, public administration and American, especially state, politics.  He has published numerous articles in leading journals in these areas; he has demonstrated an ability to win research grants; and he has built a reputation as an able and energetic administrator as well as a fine teacher and mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students.  We are excited that Dr. Witko will be bringing those abilities and energies to our MPA Program, as he will become the Director of that Program on his arrival here in August.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013