Political Science Department


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Faculty Research and Background

David R. Elkins - PSC Advisor is
Associate Professor of Political Science at Cleveland State
University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
His research interests include public policy in urban communities,
urban economic development, conflicts and coalition building,
taxation policy. He has taught American Government, Intro to
Data Analysis, while supervising various administrative and
international relations internships in the Political Science

Charles Hersch - Pre-Law Advisor (Department Chair) received
his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, in 1987 and
has taught at Cleveland State since 1991.  His interests
include political theory, focusing on a political analysis of
the arts, and public law, with an emphasis on American constitutional
theory. In addition to articles on political theory and public
law, he has written two books: Democratic Artworks: Politics
and the Arts from Trilling to Dylan
(Albany: State University
of New York Press, 1998) and Subversive Sounds: Race and
the Birth of Jazz in New Orleans
(Chicago: University of
Chicago Press, 2007).

Jeffrey Lewis - IR Advisor is Associate Professor
of Political Science at Cleveland State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
in 1998 and was an undergraduate at Bradley University. His
main areas of research interest are European politics and international
relations, with a specialization in the European Union. While
conducting his dissertation research he lived in Florence, Italy
and Cologne, Germany but mostly spent his time in Brussels,
Belgium conducting interviews with EU officials. His teaching
covers courses on Europe, International Relations, and International
Political Economy.

Joel Lieske's - PSC Advisor research has appeared
in all of the leading journals in political science and has
addressed an intellectually broad and challenging agenda. His
papers and publications range from research on contending theories
of civil violence and the causes of the 1960s and 1970s black
urban riots, to some of the statistical and methodological pitfalls
of analyzing aggregate and individual-level data, to evaluations
of U. S. employment and training programs and the development
of national labor policies, to the factors and political dynamics
that condition urban voting behavior, to studies of urban recovery
and metropolitan differences in the quality of life, to the
development of research methodologies to measure differences
in American political culture and subculture and assess their
impact on the performance of state and sub-state governments.

Lately, Dr. Lieske's research interests have come to focus on
the racial-ethnic and religious forces that shape American voting
behavior and the factors that condition ethnic conflicts in
nation states and the American states. He began his career as
a comparative American scholar with special teaching and research
interests in urban and state politics and political methodology.
But now his interests have also come to include broader national
and international issues of ethnic-racial diversity, social
identity, ethnic competition, social inequality, and political
conflict. He has also moved beyond simple class-based and pluralist
theories of human behavior to embrace broader historical-cultural,
evolutionary, and bio-political perspectives.  His latest
article, "The Changing Regional Subcultures of the American
States and the Utility of a New Cultural Measure," is scheduled
for publication in Political Research Quarterly.
His primary fields of expertise include:  American political culture, American federalism, public opinion and voting behavior, political parties and interest groups, American government and politics, public policy, state and local government, political methodology, urban politics, and political violence.

Dr. Qingshan Tan - IR & Asian
Studies Advisor & MAGI Program Director
is Professor
in the Department of Political Science and Director of Asian
Studies Program at Cleveland State University. Tan is senior
research fellow at the East Asian Institute of National University
of Singapore and adjunct professor and guest research fellow
of Southwestern University of Politics and Law, Zhejiang University,
Huazhong Normal University, and Beijing Foreign Studies University.
He served as adviser on the Carter Center China Project on China's
village elections from 1996-1998. Dr. Tan received his Ph. D.
from Emory University in 1989, M.A. from Beijing Institute of
International Relations in 1984, B. A. From Beijing University
of Foreign Studies in 1982.

Tan's teaching and research areas include comparative politics,
international relations, political economy of Asian development,
Chinese and East Asian politics, Sino-US relations, developmental
studies, and democratic transition.

Tan has published more than 30 academic articles in English and Chinese. He is the author of two books entitled The Making of US-China Policy: From Normalization to the Post-Cold War Era (1992); Village Elections in China: Democratizing the Countryside (2006).

Tan appeared on local, national, and international media programs,
such as Reuters, Voice of America, BBC, Christian Science Monitor,
Strait Times, Channel News Asia , NewMedia Corp. Singapore,
Lianhe Zaobao, South China Morning Post , China Daily, Beijing
TV, Nanchang TV, China Today, Ming Bao, Plain Dealer, ABC Channel
5, WVIZ/PBS,  as contributor or speaker to discuss various
issues concerning US-China relations, Cross-Strait relations,
Taiwan political development, Chinese political economy, village
elections, China's local-state relations, and East Asian securities.   

Neda A. Zawahri - IR Advisor is
Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cleveland State
University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Her interests include conflict and cooperation between adversaries,
international institutions, environmental security, the political
economy of developing nations, Middle East politics, and South
Asian politics with focus on India and Pakistan. She has taught
International Politics, Politics in the Middle East, Political
Economy in the Middle East and North Africa, and US Foreign