Faculty

 


 

Mark Schaefer

Mark Schaefer

Title: Associate Professor and Chair

Department: Political Science

Education: Ph.D. in Political Science, West Virginia University, 2005; Master of Arts in Political Science, West Virginia University, 2003; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, West Virginia University, 1999

Research Interests: International Relations Theory, US Foreign Policy, and Emerging Powers

Recent Research: The Formation of the BRICS and its Implication for the United States: Emerging Together (2014) The work was co-authored with John Poffenbarger, Associate Professor of Political Science at Wheeling Jesuit University. The book was published by Palgrave-Pivot.

When Alliance Restraints Fail, the Domestic Turmoil Connection for the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, April 2015 with Michael Morgan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Marietta College and John G. Poffenbarger, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wheeling Jesuit University

Courses (Fall 2015): American National Government, Freshman Seminar on Detroit, and Political Science Senior Capstone

Courses (Spring 2016): American National Government, The Presidency

Phone: (740) 376-4801

Email: mes001@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

I like to ask a lot of questions. I like debate and disagreement. Students should be able to use the concepts and theories we study to make better decisions and understand the outputs of government.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

I like that MC classes allow me to work with each of our students to help them develop their critical thinking skills and become better writers.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Spending time with family, skateboarding in the park with my children, and playing loudly the bass guitar.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Books!

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

I like our classrooms, especially the seminar rooms. When I was earning my undergraduate degree I found myself in a lot of large classes. Rooms with 200 students were common. I still remember the first class I taught at MC. It had 10 students. At first I was intimidated, as even the professor can hide in a class of 200, but now it is our smaller classes that make my job so special.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

I am a big fan of finals week. Everyone is in a rush. All are busy. Research papers are being turned in and final exams are being taken. It is stressful and exciting. For me, it is a time to see if all of the semester’s work has paid off. I also love that sense of accomplishment that comes at the completion of hard work and the promise of next semester.

 


 

Michael E. Tager

Michael Tager

Title: Professor

Department: Political Science

Education: Ph.D. in Political Science, University of North Carolina, 1985; Master of Arts in Political Science, University of North Carolina, 1981; A.B. in Government, Cornell University, 1979.

Research Interests: U.S. politics (presidency and constitutional law); Comparative politics (institutions); Political theory (American political thought)

Recent Publications: “Expatriates and Elections,” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 15: 1 (2010/2006), 35-60.

“Constitutional Reform and the Presidency: The Recent Effort to Repeal the Natural Born Citizen Requirement,” Presidential Studies Quarterly 39: 1 (2009), 111-127.

Courses (Fall 2014): American National Government, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Ancient Political Thought

Courses (Spring 2015): American National Government, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Modern Political Thought, Governments of Russia and Eastern Europe

Phone: (740) 376-4898

Email: tagerm@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Students will learn about particular areas of politics, and sharpen their critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

The opportunity to work with students and read and talk about politics with them, and to watch students majoring in Political Science progress in their thinking over their undergraduate careers.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Doing political science research, riding my bike, swimming, traveling, reading crime/detective novels, watching movies or serial TV (e.g. Breaking Bad, The Wire, etc.)

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

A book.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

During springtime when the dogwood trees are blossoming, on the upper mall; otherwise on the first floor of the library.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Graduation