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  • Burton Atkins
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      Ph.D., Political Science, University of Kentucky
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      M.A., Political Science, University of Kentucky
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      B.A., Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Dr. Burton Atkins is an instructor for Penn State World Campus and Professor Emeritus (political science) at Florida State University. His research interests and publications have focused on American constitutional law and judicial behavior, as well as on comparative judicial studies with an emphasis on the British appellate courts.

  • James W. Binney
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      Ph.D., International Relations Theory & Comparative Politics, University of Kentucky
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      M.Ed., Higher Education, Penn State
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      M.A., International Relations Theory & Comparative Politics, University of Kentucky
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      B.A., Political Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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      B.S., Hotel and Restaurant Management, Penn State

    Dr. James W. Binney is an instructor for Penn State World Campus. He has a wide range of teaching interests that include American politics, international relations theory, racial politics and ethnic conflict, comparative politics (regional specialties in Post-Soviet politics and Central Asia), political and economic development, developing nations, and political theory and ideologies. Dr. Binney is interested in research in foreign aid.

  • Christopher Cook
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      Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
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      M.A., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
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      M.A., Political Science, California State University, Los Angeles
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      B.S., History, Fitchburg State College

    Dr. Christopher Cook’s research and teaching interests include foreign policy with an emphasis on intervention, terrorism, and political communication. He has published articles examining American foreign policy in the Congo and Sierra Leone as well as examining U.S. media coverage of African conflicts.

  • A. Lee Hannah
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      Ph.D., Political Science, Pennsylvania State University
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      M.A., Political Science, Pennsylvania State University
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      M. Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech
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      B.A., History, Virginia Tech

    Dr. Lee Hannah's research and teaching interests primarily focus on public policy and political behavior. He is currently working on a book titled "Green Rush: The Rise of Legal Marijuana in the American States" with Daniel Mallinson (Penn State Harrisburg). The book is under contract with New York University Press. He has published articles in Science, Policy Studies Journal, Climatic Change, Publius, State and Local Government Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, and others. He is currently an associate professor of political science at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

  • Marie Hojnacki
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      Ph.D., Political Science, Ohio State University
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      M.A., Political Science, Ohio State University
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      M.S., Public Policy Analysis, University of Rochester
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      B.A., Political Science and Communication, Canisius College

    Dr. Marie Hojnacki is an associate professor of political science at Penn State University Park. Her research examines how organized interests act to shape public policy, and why some types of interests have advantages over others in terms of policy success and agenda setting. A current project investigates how organizations communicate their issue priorities, and how and why communication strategies may differ for different types of groups. Dr. Hojnacki teaches about political parties, interest groups, representation, and research design.

  • Amy Linch
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      Ph.D., Political Science, Rutgers University
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      B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, Boston College

    Dr. Amy Linch is an assistant professor of teaching and co-director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Political Science at Penn State University Park. She has authored and edited several works on democratization in post-communist societies and social and political transformation in early modern England. Her recent work focuses on the intersection between human capabilities and the capabilities of other species.

  • Jeremy M. Ladd
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      Ph.D., Political Studies, Queen's University, Canada
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      M.A., Political Science, University of Western Ontario, Canada
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      M.A., Canadian-American Relations, University of Western Ontario, Canada
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      B.A., Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada

    Dr. Jeremy Ladd is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics at Penn State University, where he teaches courses on comparative politics, political methodology, and data science. His research focuses on opposition political parties in electoral authoritarian regimes and emerging democracies, with particular attention to what makes some parties in these contexts successful and others not. He is also interested in how both authoritarians and their opponents are adapting to the digital world.

  • Tamar London
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      Ph.D., Political Science, University of Rochester
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      B.A., Mathematics and Political Science, Binghamton University

    Dr. Tamar London is an instructor for Penn State World Campus. Her past research has focused on mathematical models of international negotiation. She teaches courses on international relations, international political economy, and game theory and statistics.

  • Nicole Morford
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      Ph.D., Political Science, Penn State
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      M.A., Political Science, Penn State
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      B.A., Political Science, Geneva College

    Dr. Nicole Morford is an instructor for Penn State World Campus. Her research focused on social movements and civil society development in post-Soviet states, particularly the women's movement in Ukraine. She teaches courses about American and comparative politics.

  • Adam Nye
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      Ph.D., Political Science, University at Buffalo, SUNY
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      M.S., Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, University at Buffalo, SUNY
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      B.A., Political Science and Psychology, University at Buffalo, SUNY

    Dr. Adam Nye is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Political Science at Penn State’s University Park campus. He primarily teaches courses related to public law and judicial politics. The public law courses focus on landmark Supreme Court cases, while the courses related to judicial politics concentrate on legal procedures and the behavior of judges. In addition, Dr. Nye also teaches about the bureaucracy in America, and the American national government.

  • Amanda Parks
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      Ph.D., Political Science, Penn State
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      M.A., Political Science, Penn State
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      B.S., Journalism, Bowling Green State University

    Dr. Amanda Parks, an instructor for Penn State World Campus, centers her research and teaching interests around public opinion and political communication, with a particular focus on the institutional reasons for media distortions and its effect on citizens' evaluations of policies and candidates. Other research interests include deliberative citizen engagement and the effects of new media on political communication.

  • Daniel Ponder
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      Ph.D. Political Science, Vanderbilt University
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      B.S. Political Science, Missouri State University

    Dr. Daniel Ponder is a Professor of Political Science at Drury University in his hometown of Springfield, MO. For 13 years before that he was a professor at the University of Colorado. His research and writing focus on the American presidency, but he teaches on the Supreme Court, Constitutional Law,  quantitative methods, Congress and the Presidency, Public Policy, and the interplay of film, music, and politics. He wrote 2 books on the presidency and his research appears in numerous scholarly journals. In 2019-20, he was President of a section of the American Political Science Association.

  • Amy Sentementes
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      Ph.D., Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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      M.A., Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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      B.S., Political Science, Texas Christian University

    Dr. Amy Sentementes is an assistant teaching professor at Penn State, where she teaches courses on public opinion, political psychology, and gender and politics. Recently, she began teaching a food politics course, combining her passion for food writing with her professional training in political science. The course explores the political institutions involved in food production and consumption patterns, as well as the psychological contributions food provides in American society.

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