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The Political Science Department is Proud of its New Faculty

Dr. Jason Reifler joins us from Loyola University Chicago where he was assistant professor.  He received his Ph.D. in 2006 at Duke University and specializes in public opinion and political behavior.  He has a forthcoming book from Princeton University Press and his research was recently featured on the NPR program On the Media.  His teaching interests include public opinion, survey research, political psychology, voting behavior, congress, electoral behavior, and election law.  Dr. Reifler has a particular fondness for Georgia State because his mother is a graduate of the university. 

Previously a visiting assistant professor at George Mason University where he served as undergraduate director, Dr. Mario Feit is now assistant professor here at Georgia State University.  He received his Ph.D. in 2004 at John Hopkins University with research interests including modern and contemporary political theory, democratic theory, and gender and sexuality, and his work has been featured in Theory and Event.  Dr. Feit sees the Political Science department as a dynamic and exciting place to join with a broad political theory curriculum.  Since he is a first generation college student himself, he empathizes with many of the diverse student body here at State who are also the first in their families to attain a college degree.  Currently, Dr. Feit is working a book based on the relationship between sex, death, and democratic citizenship where he looks at same sex marriage and important figures in history of political thought including Rousseau, Arendt, and Nietzsche.

Graduating from Duke University in 2006 with a Ph.D., Dr. Amy McKay now joins the faculty of the Political Science department at Georgia State University.  Her research interests focus on the process of policymaking, the role of money in politics, the scientific study of interest groups, and the role of the executive in policymaking.  Before coming here, Dr. McKay served as assistant professor at the University of Iowa where she taught courses on interest groups, lobbying, campaigning, and an introduction to politics.  Her research has been published in American Politics Research and is forthcoming in Public Choice.  Dr. McKay sees Atlanta as an exciting city and believes that now is an exciting time to be at Georgia State, especially in political science.

Dr. Jeannie Grussendorf received her Ph.D. in 1998 from Bradford University in the United Kingdom.  This past year she served as a lecturer here at Georgia State and we are now proud that she is an assistant professor of the political science department.  Her research interests include international relations, peace research, international organizations, global terrorism, and American politics.  Before coming to Georgia State, Dr. Grussendorf taught at East Carolina University where she ran the Model United Nations club.  Her research and work has been published in Health Education & Behavior and Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.  She likes Georgia State University for its central location and diverse student body.  Dr. Grussendorf is also the advisor for a newly formed club, the Global Rights Organization, which was just created this past spring.

New assistant professor, Dr. Sean Richey was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Tokyo from 2004-2006 and then he went on to teach at Pace University.  He received a Ph.D. in political science in 2004, from the City University of New York. He researches American politics, with a specialization in political behavior, civic engagement, political participation, elections and voting behavior, and quantitative methodology.  His research has appeared in the British Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, the Australian Journal of Political Science, the Japanese Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Political Science.  When asked what in particular drew him to Georgia State and the Atlanta region he said, “GSU has an extremely exciting future, so the upwards trajectory of GSU and the political science department were very attractive.  Atlanta was attractive because it is a sophisticated modern international city, with an affordable cost-of-living.”

Prior to joining the faculty at GSU, new Assistant Professor Dr. Jelena Subotic completed her doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She has published a number of book chapters in volumes on human rights, transitional justice, and ethnic conflict, as well as in journals Social Science and Medicine and Human Rights Dialogue.  Her research interests include International relations theory, international organizations, and human rights.