Program Highlights

Department Welcomes New Faculty Members

The Department of Political Science is very pleased to announce the hiring of new faculty members who will join the NIU community in August 2012.

Andrew Bloeser received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science.  In his research and in the classroom, Bloeser calls attention to how democratic theory can guide social science and how social science can guide democratic theory.  His current research explores how fundamental human characteristics, like stable psychological traits, can help us evaluate the expectations democratic theories place on citizens.  More broadly, his teaching interests include political psychology, political mobilization, and the politics of the news media.

Robert Brathwaite (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) is an assistant professor of political science with a specialization in international relations.  His research interests include the formation of new states in the international system, international security, terrorism and the electoral process, the relationship between religion-state separation and democracy, and the conduct of civil wars.  Before receiving his Ph.D. from Notre Dame, he also spent time in Washington, D.C., where he served as a research intern for the Center for Security Policy.  He has taught courses that cover the following topics:  international relations, international security, civil wars, and research methods.  In his spare time, Robert enjoys the outdoors and is an avid snowboarder.

Shweta Moorthy received her PhD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She specializes in International Politics.  Her teaching and research interests are in the fields of international conflicts, conflict management and South Asian security issues.  Her doctoral work focuses on third party intervention in ongoing international conflicts.  In summer 2011, she was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium.  She has also conducted policy research on nuclear proliferation issues as a Junior Research Fellow at the India chapter of the Pugwash Conference.

Norrin Ripsman (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is a professor in political science with a specialization in international relations.  His research interests include the domestic sources of foreign security policy in democratic states, postwar peacemaking, neoclassical realism, constructing regional stability, the political economy of national security, and the impact of globalization on national security. In addition to the selected publications noted below, he is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles in International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Millennium: A Journal of International Studies, International Interactions, International Studies Review, Geopolitics, International Journal, and The Canadian Journal of Political Science.