Political Science

The Department of Political Science helps students develop an understanding of political processes and institutions and to acquaint them with the issues and problems that politics tries to manage. The Department also teaches students skills of analysis, research, and evaluation so that they can become more informed citizens. Students, therefore, may be interested in taking political science courses as part of their liberal arts education, and particularly for gaining experience in evaluating political issues, formulating personal or group political action, participating in social change movements, or becoming involved in the formal political process.

Careers in law, government service, journalism, teaching, politics, and public administration are directly related to training in political science; but the Department stresses an approach to studying politics that provides anyone with the skills and knowledge to be an informed, active citizen or political participant.

Majors in Political Science are encouraged to study abroad and the department allows appropriate coursework from approved international programs to apply toward the major. See available programs at http://gustavus.studioabroad.com/.

Name Title Phone Web
Mimi Gerstbauer Professor 507-933-7421
Chris Gilbert Professor 507-933-6093 web
Kate Knutson Professor and First-Term Seminar Program Director 507-933-6224 web
Jill Locke Professor 507-933-6226
Richard Leitch Associate Professor 507-933-7028
Alisa Rosenthal Associate Professor 507-933-7437 web
Lori Carsen Kelly ’83 Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7172
Dan Currell ’94
Hunter Gordon
Arturo Lopez-Levy
Janine Genelin Administrative Assistant, Old Main 507-933-7548
Donald Ostrom Professor Emeritus
Norman Walbek Professor Emeritus