Experts in Social Sciences — Political Science: United States

Julia Azari, Professor

Dr. Julia AzariPolitical Science

Expertise: Presidency, Congress, Political Parties and Ideologies

Office Phone: (414) 288-6211


Lowell Barrington, Chair and Associate Professor

Lowell BarringtonPolitical Science

Expertise: Russian Politics, Patriotism in the U.S., Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict

Office Phone: (414) 288-5234


Paul Finkelman, Robert F. Boden Visiting Professor of Law

Paul FinkelmanLaw School

Expertise: Race and law; U.S. Constitution (History, 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment), Civil Rights, Immigration, Citizenship; Baseball and law; Slavery, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War; Founding fathers (especially Jefferson, Madison, Washington, and John Marshall); History of the Supreme Court; Supreme Court decisions and emerging ethics issues; Issues of slavery, reparations, and diversity; Bubonic plague and pandemics in historical perspective.

Cell Phone: (518) 605-0296

Nathan Gilkerson, Assistant Professor

Nathan GilkersonStrategic Communication

Expertise: Crisis Communication, Political Communication, Political Humor/Satire, Social Media

Office Phone: (414) 288-4152


Karen HoffmanAssociate Director of the Les Aspin Center 

Karen HoffmanPolitical Science Department

Expertise: Political Communication, media and politics  

Media Type:
 Print, Radio   
Contact: (414) 288- 1573  


Brian Jacobsen, Instructor of Practice

Brian JacobsenFinance

Expertise: Intersection of economics, politics, and markets


Philip Rocco, Assistant Professor

Dr. Philip RoccoPolitical Science Department

Expertise: American politics, public policy

Office Phone: (414) 288-3296

Patrick Sobkowski, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Pat SobkowskiPolitical Science Department

Expertise: Constitutional Law; US Supreme Court; Administrative Law; Constitutional History and Politics

Media Type: Print, TV, Radio

Duane Swank, Professor Emeritus

Duane SwankPolitical Science

Expertise: Economic Policy, Social Welfare Policy, Social Welfare, Taxation, Labor Market Policy, Australian Politics and Public Policy, European Politics and Public Policy, Globalization, International Political Economy

Office Phone: (414) 288-3418
Home Phone: (414) 466-9459


Amber Wichowsky, Chair and Professor

Dr. Amber WichowskyPolitical Science

Expertise: Campaigns, Elections, Public Opinion, Voter Turnout

Office Phone: (414) 288-3422