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Political Science and Public Administration Faculty

Bethany Barratt

Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Barratt earned her PhD from the University of California in 2002, and her BA in Political Science/History from Duke University in 1994. She is Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, which joins forces with community partners in Chicago, London, and Jerusalem to draw and apply comparative lessons to make measurable gains in respect for human rights in urban settings, at home and abroad.

Professor Barratt conducts archival and field research in Central Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. She is author of “Human Rights and Foreign Aid” (Routledge, 2008), the forthcoming "The Politics of Harry Potter" (Palgrave McMillan, 2010), and coeditor of the forthcoming "Public Opinion and War: Lessons from Iraq" (Potomac, 2010). She has also authored articles on human rights, foreign aid, US, British, Canadian, and Australian foreign policy, and counterterrorism in Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and edited volumes. Besides her teaching experience at Roosevelt and the University of California, she has also taught in a number of jails and prisons.

She is an officer in several scholarly associations including the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and the Women's Caucus for International Studies. She also edits the H-Net Human Rights List. For three years she was the campus coordinator of annual benefit productions of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, which raises funds for local anti-domestic violence organizations.

LaVonne A. Downey

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Dr. Downey has authored or co-authored over 70 articles on a range of topics. Her research focus is on identifying and solving health care issues, ideology and effects of changes on standards of care, especially for under-served. She is a member of Editorial board of Southern Medical Journal, Journal of Hospital Administration,International Emergency Medicine, Data sets in Papers in Medicine, Board Member for United Nations- USA-Chicago  and a reviewer for several medical  and public health journals.

Her method of teaching is very interactive.  To focus students on becoming lifetime learners. In addition to creating skills that allows students to develop into leaders in their field.

Her recent publications include:

  • La Vonne A Downey, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke.  Comparison of Emergency Nurses Association Emergency Severity Triage and Australian Emergency Mental Health Triage Systems for the Evaluation of Psychiatric Patients.  Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. 2014 37: 1:11-18.
  • La Vonne A Downey, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke.  Are the Issues of Psychiatric Emergencies Covered in the Current Literature  Journal of American Association of Emergency Psychiatry.  Winter 2013: 12-16.
  • La Vonne A Downey, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke, and Tangula Jefferson.  "Who Pays?  How Reimbursement Impacts the Emergency Department" Journal of Health and Human Services Administration.
  • La Vonne A Downey, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke “Patients’, Nurses’ and Physicians’ Perception of Delays in Emergency Department Care” Journal of Hospital Administration, April 2013.
  • La Vonne A Downey, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke, and Tangula Jefferson Does Handgun Acccessibility Lead to Violence Related Injuries.  Southern Medical Journal. February 2013.
  • La Vonne, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke. What Constitutes a Good Hand Offs In the Emergency Department- A Patients Perspective.  International Journal of Healthcare Quality Assurance.

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Jeffrey Edwards

Associate Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies

I have long-standing interests in the relationship between politics the economy, urban studies, and social movements and protest in the U.S. context. What that translates into right now is a focus on the political causes and consequences of growing socioeconomic inequalities, political conflicts over the privatization and marketization of city assets and services, and the Occupy movement.

David Faris

Assistant Professor of Poltical Science
International Studies Coordinator

David's research interests include the intersection of digital activism and authoritarianism, democratization, institutional design, ethnic conflict and Middle East politics. He lived in Cairo, Egypt for more than a year between 2007 and 2009, where he interviewed digital activists, opposition figures, and journalists as part of a project on social media and Egyptian politics. David is also a Strategy Group Advisor for the Meta-Activism Project, which seeks to build foundational knowledge about digital activism. His academic work has been published in Arab Media & Society and Technology and Politics Review, and he has a forthcoming chapter, co-authored with Patrick Meier, in the Routledge Handbook on Participatory Culture. He has also published op-eds with The Christian Science Monitor,, The Daily News Egypt, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia City Paper.

Paul M. Green

Department Chair
Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies
Director of the Institute for Politics
Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University

Paul Green is Director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University. He is also the Political Analyst for WGN Radio, guest columnist for Crain's Chicago Business, and the author of several books and articles on Illinois and Chicago politics. His latest publications, co-authored with Mel Holli, are entitled World War II Chicago and The Mayors: The Chicago Political Tradition, 3rd edition.

Professor Green is frequently quoted and interviewed by the national news organizations for his views on the American political scene. His name appears frequently as an expert in news stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek. He has also lectured at universities in Europe, Asia, and Africa and was one of a few American academics/ journalists to travel with the candidates for British Prime Minister in 1997.

Paul is also a former elected official. He served as Monee Township Supervisor from 1977 to 1983.

Paul received his BA at the University of Illinois in History and Political Science and his MA and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He is married to Sharon Green, Director of Programs and Strategic Planning-Institute for Women's Health at Northwestern University. They have two adult children.

Joanne Howard

Lecturer in Public Administration

Joanne E. Howard, Ph.D., teaches courses for the Non-Profit Concentration and Non-Profit Certificate in Public Administration at Roosevelt University. She also teaches Introduction in Political Science. Prior to joining the faculty at Roosevelt University, she served on the adjunct faculty at DePaul University, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in their graduate programs.

Dr. Howard has provided assistance to a number of nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic planning and program evaluation. She has worked in higher education as a senior administrator for 20 years for The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Prior to moving to Illinois, she worked for the Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and in the Office of Migrant Education with the New Jersey Department of Education.

Dr. Howard has a particular interest in school finance reform and school budgeting. Her dissertation was a historical analysis of school finance reform in the state of New Jersey where she followed Robinson v. Cahill and Abbott v. Burke for 30 years.

Dr. Howard received her B.A. degree from Hampton Institute, M.A. from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago in public administration. She is a member of four nonprofit boards, and has been a member of the American Society for Public Administration for 30 years.

Naser Javaid

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Legal Studies Coordinator

Naser Javaid joined the Department of Political Science after earning his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in 2010.  Professor Javaid’s teaching and research interests focus on American public law, political institutions, and research methodology.  His past research includes projects that examine inter-institutional interaction between the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Congress and party pressure in Congress on religious and moral policy votes.  Originally from Chicago, Prof. Javaid graduated from Carleton College (Northfield, MN) and worked for U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin before returning to graduate school.  Despite having his heart broken numerous times, he continues to hope the Cubs will win the World Series in this century and is an avid sports fan.

Mark Kaplinsky

Adjunct Professor of Political Science

Mark Kaplinsky first joined Roosevelt University as an adjunct professor in the Spring semester of 2007 after relocating to Chicago in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His teaching areas have included Public Law, American Political Institutions, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior and Urban Politics. In the academic years 1998-2004, he taught at the University of New Orleans in addition to acting as pre-law advisor. His second year as a Political Science instructor and pre-law advisor at Xavier University of New Orleans was disrupted by the storm. In the aftermath, he taught at Grand Rapids Community College.

Prior to embarking on a Political Science career, he received a Masters of Law in Admiralty from Tulane University in 1984, a Juris Doctor degree in 1978 and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1975. From 1978-1996, he practiced law, first as an assistant district attorney for the City of New Orleans and then as a general practitioner of civil law.

He studied Political Science at the University of New Orleans attaining Ph.D- ABD status in May 2001

Jeannine Love

Assistant Professor of Public Administration

PhD, Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University
MA, Philosophy and Social Policy, George Washington University
BA, Philosophy, Ohio State University

Research Interests:
Participatory Public Administration
Antipoverty Policy and Issues of Economic Justice
Individualism in Political and Economic Theory
Human Relations and Networking in Organizations
American Pragmatism

Anna Marie Schuh

Associate Professor of Public Administration

Dr. Anna Marie Schuh received her Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her Master of Science in the Management of Public Service from DePaul University, and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

She has been at Roosevelt University since August 2002. In the 2001-2002 academic year, she was a Visiting Professor at DePaul University. Between 1988 and 2001, she was an adjunct professor at DePaul University, Roosevelt University, and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She retired from the Federal government after 36 years, having spent thirty years in the Federal human resource management area, 20 years as a manager, and 5 years as a senior executive.

Her research interests include: the public policy change process, civil service systems, the presidency, and institutional values. She is the author of Timing Successful Policy Change (University Press of America). She also has published the following articles: "Institutional Values: The Foundation for Civil Service Change" in Public Personnel Management;"Maybe Wilson Was Right: Espoused Values and Their Relationship To Enacted Values" in the International Journal of Public Administration; and "Presidents: Do They Walk their Talk" in White House Studies.