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The Political Science department at UIS is home to a team of full time, visiting and associated faculty members. Their collective research and experience runs the gamut of subjects including International Politics, Political Theory and Philosophy, Legislative Studies and Public Affairs Reporting.

Browse the list below to learn more about our faculty and their specialties.


Dr. Adriana Crocker
Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: acroc2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-8329
Office: PAC 368

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Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky
Chair of Political Science

Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: rgilm3@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-8328
Office: PAC 362

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Dr. Hilary Anne Frost-Kumpf
Chair of Global Studies

Associate Professor of Political Science & Global Studies
International Studies Minor

Email: hfros1@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7875
Office: PAC 322

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Dr. Matthew Holden, Jr.
Wepner Distinguished Professor in Political Science

Email: mhold3@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-8519
Office: PAC 366

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Dr. Calvin Mouw
Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: cmouw1@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7884
Office: PAC 358

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Dr. Ali Nizamuddin
Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: aniza2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-8424
Office: PAC 364

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Dr. Sibel Oktay
Assistant Professor of Political Science & Global Studies

Email: sibelo@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7835
Office: PAC 354

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Dr. Jason Pierceson
Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: jpier2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7842
Office: PAC 360

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Dr. Kent Redfield
Professor of Political Science – Emeritus
Institute for Legal, Legislative & Policy Studies

Email: kredf1@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-6574
Office: PAC 484

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Dr. John Transue
Associate Professor of Political Science
Institute for Legislative Studies

Email: jtran8@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-8383
Office: PAC 482

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Dr. Pinky S. Wassenberg 
Professor of Political Science & Legal Studies

Email: pwass1@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7892
Office: PAC 370

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Charles Wheeler
Professor of Public Affairs Reporting
Institute for Legal, Legislative Policy Studies

Email: cwhee1@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7494
Office: PAC 326

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