Faculty and Staff

Albert Price

Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Political Science
Albert Price

220 French Hall

Phone: (810) 762-3470
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Professor Price joined the faculty in 1980. His major research and teaching interests involve the intersection of Public Law and Public Administration. His articles have been published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals including articleson on corruption in the American Political Science Review, on deindustrialization in Flint in Social Problems, and on sentencing issues in the Journal of Criminal Justice. From 1996-2002 he was co-host and co-creator of 'Roadkill Politics' a discussion and commentary program on WFUM television. His recent research is on the parallels between the Savings and Loan Crisis of the 1980s and the financial collapse of 2008. He has served as MPA Director since 2002, and has been the Pre-Law Advisor and Director of the Law and Society Minor since 1994.

Peggy Kahn

David M. French Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Peggy Kahn

220 French Hall

Phone: (810) 762-3470
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Professor Kahn joined the UM-Flint faculty in 1984 and focuses her teaching on comparative politics, European politics, and the themes of social welfare and women's employment. Her more recent work concerns women and low-wage work and women and public benefits in the U.S. and U.K. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Poverty, Women, Politics and Public Policy, and Gender, Work and Organization.  She is currently working on low-income women's and children's oral health and access to dental services, with a particular focus upon neighborhoods in the City of Flint. She has worked closely with the UM-Flint Women's Educational Center, the Women and Girls Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, and the UM-F Common Read project. She has also edited a series of 13 books on global organizations for middle and high school students, writing the volume on the European Union.

Jason Kosnoski

Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair
Jason Kosnoski

220 French Hall

Phone: (810) 762-3470
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Professor Kosnoski joined the UM-Flint faculty in 2005 and teaches courses in political theory. His research specializes in contemporary political theory (especially the work of John Dewey) and public space. His book, John Dewey and the Habits of Ethical Life: The Art of Political Organizing in a Liquid World (2010) is published by Lexington. He has written articles for journals Political Theory, Space and Culture, Situations, Polity and Rethinking Marxism. He received his Ph.D. at the New School for Social Research.

Dana Dyson

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dana Dyson

220 French Hall

Phone: (810)-762-3470
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Professor Dyson joined the department in 2008, and teaches courses in public policy, public administration and American government. Her doctoral research at Wayne State University empirically examined political processes in education policymaking and focuses on external and internal factors that influence student performance outcomes in K-12 education. Her other research interests include urban issues, political parties and elections, and social welfare policies. Dyson teaches courses in the MPA program.

Dauda Abubakar

Assistant Professor of Political Science, and of Africana Studies
Dauda Abubakar

346 French Hall Africana Studies Department

Phone: (810)762-3353
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Prof. Abubakar joined the department in 2009 with a joint appointment in Africana Studies. He received his doctorate in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He previously taught at the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria, and at Ohio University. He teaches courses on African politics and in the field of comparative politics generally. Prof. Abubakar's current research explores the impact of identity politics on Issues of citizenship and democracy in the global south, aprticular post-colonial Africa.

Derwin Munroe

Lecturer IV in Political Science
Derwin Munroe

220 French Hall

Phone: (810) 762-3470
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Professor Munroe teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics, and joined the UM-Flint faculty in 1999.  His research on Venezuelan state formation has been funded by a Fulbright award and the Organization of American States. His current interests include economic development and policy (global and US), politics in the Caribbean and Latin America, and US foreign policy.

Suzanne Shivnen

Department Secretary
Suzanne Shivnen

220 French Hall

Phone: (810) 762-3470
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Suzanne Shivnen has been employed at UM-Flint as the Political Science secretary since 2005. She holds a BBA from Western Michigan University. She was previously employed as a human relations specialist by MCI corporation.

Emeritus Professors

Dr. Peter Gluck (Ph.D. State University of New York-Buffalo) Professor of Political Science

Dr. Clinton Jones (Ph.D. Claremont Graduate School) Professor of Political Science and Chancellor Emeritus

Dr. Neil Leighton (Ph.D. Indiana University) Professor of Political Science

Dr. William Meyer (Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University) Professor of Political Science

Dr. Ellis Perlman (Ph.D. University of California-Los Angeles) Professor of Political Science

Dr. John Schroeder (Ph.D. University of Michigan) Associate Professor of Political Science