Faculty in Political Science

Karen E. Dean | Ruth Badger Pixley Professor of Social Sciences
Director of the Al Habtoor Leadership Center
217.245.3427 |

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Kent State University
Professor Dean teaches courses in American politics and a variety of interdisciplinary courses that put the study of politics in interesting contexts (e.g., Race and Politics, Politics in the Arts). Students benefit from the many forms of experiential learning that Professor Dean integrates in her classes.
Austin P. Trantham | Visiting Instructor in Political Science
217.245.3428 |

B.A. Austin College; M.A. American University; M.A. University of Kentucky

Professor Trantham teaches broadly in the area of American politics. His interests include American institutions, political behavior, and state and local politics. He is currently finishing his doctoral dissertation at the University of Kentucky.
Winston R. Wells, Department Chair | Findley Family Professor of International Affairs
217.245.3089 |
B.A. Northwestern University; M.A., Ph.D. University of California-Los Angeles
Professor Wells offers courses in international studies, international relations, and comparative politics. He is also the pre-law advisor and coordinates the Model United Nations program.

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