Faculty


Photo: Dr. Boylan

Dr. Brandon Boylan
Assistant Professor of Political Science
603 A Gruening Building
907.474.6503
bmboylan@alaska.edu                                                                                                                                                 

Dr. Brandon Boylan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).  His research areas of expertise include international relations, international security, political violence, terrorism, and ethnic conflict.   His current research agenda centers on the motives, means, and opportunities of terrorist campaigns waged along ethnic lines, for which he has conducted fieldwork in Sri Lanka and Spain.   Work in progress includes a book tentatively titled Road to Rebellion: The Development of Ethnic Terrorism and several articles, including “What Drives Ethnic Terrorist Campaigns?: A View at the Group Level of Analysis,” “A Typology of Support for Violent Non-State Actors,” and “The Path to Peaceful Secessionism: Catalonia Revisited.”   Prior to joining the faculty at UAF, he was a Research Associate at the Ford Institute for Human Security at the University of Pittsburgh and taught at the University of Pittsburgh and California University of Pennsylvania.   At UAF, he teaches International Politics; Peace, War, and Security; International Law and Organization; U.S. Foreign Policy; Politics and Government of Russia; and Political Science Research Methods.   He holds a Ph.D. in international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. in international studies from the University of Limerick (Ireland), and a B.A. in English from Mercyhurst College.


Photo: Dr. Hirsch

Dr. Alexander Keller Hirsch
Assistant Professor of Political Science
601 B Gruening Building
907.474.5418
ahirsch@alaska.edu

Dr. Alexander Keller Hirsch joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska in 2012.  He holds a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MA and PhD in Politics (with a parenthetical emphasis in History of Consciousness) from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  He is also a former Visiting Scholar and Residential Research Fellow at the University of California Humanities Research Institute, where he was a member of the Research Group, "Between life and Death: Necropolitics in the Era of Late Capitalism." 
    Dr. Hirsch studies the history of political theory.  In particular his research focuses on moral conflicts generated over the meaning of public pain.  He is especially interested in what resources political theory brings to bear in addressing contemporary questions related to the politics of violence, catastrophe, loss, survival, resilience, forgiveness, promising, responsibility, hope, and renewal.
    In particular he has published widely on aboriginal peoples living in Western settler societies and the "frames of staying power" they have marshaled in cultivating pathways of decolonization and freedom.
    A contributor to The Contemporary Condition, Dr. Hirsch's scholarship has also appeared in several journals, including Contemporary Political Theory; Theory & Event; Philosophy & Social Criticism; Social Identities; and Law, Culture & the Humanities. 
    Dr. Hirsch is also the editor of Theorizing Post-Conflict Reconciliation: Agonism, Restitution & Repair (Routledge, 2011), a volume of essays that looks at how standard practices of reconciliation function to obfuscate past wrongs, silence victims, and neutralize political dissent. 
    Currently, Dr. Hirsch is editing a volume of essays on the important 19th century Native American public intellectual and activist, William Apess.  He is also at work on a book that asks how tragic art can help us to renew contemporary democratic theories of violence, loss, and staying power.
    Before coming to UAF, Dr. Hirsch taught at Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston, among other places. 
    At UAF, his courses include Ethics & Society; American Political Thought; The Politics of Failure; Ancient Political Thought; Modern Political Thought; Contemporary Political Philosophy: Liberalism and its Discontents; The Politics of Violence and Survival; and an intro to political theory course entitled The Politics of the Possible: Active Citizenship and Everyday Life.


Photo: Dr. Lovecraft hiking in the White Mountains north of Fairbanks on the weekend of the summer solstice. At the higher elevations in these mountains the sun will not dip below the horizon during this time, but there is often snow.

Dr. Amy L. Lovecraft
Associate Professor of Political Science
602 A Gruening Building
907.474.2688
allovecraft@alaska.edu

Dr. Amy Lauren Lovecraft is an Associate Professor of Political Science and has served on the University of Alaska faculty since 2001.   She received her B.A. in 1994 and began graduate studies in Vienna, Austria pursuing her undergraduate focus on international economics and European integration. Unable to resist North America for long she returned to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin concentrating on American political development, public policy, and political theory. Her dissertation analyzed transboundary natural resource policies between the United States and Canada. At UAF her courses include the Law and Society suite – Politics and Judicial Process, Con Law I and Con Law II – and, among others, Public Policy, Political Economy, the American Presidency, and Political Behavior. Working to foster interdisciplinary engagement among students and faculty she is active in the Northern Studies and the Resilience and Adaptation programs at UAF. In her research, Dr. Lovecraft explores power dynamics in social-ecological systems. Her scholarship has been published as book chapters and in journals such as Arctic, Marine Policy, The American Review of Canadian Studies,Polar Geography, Policy Studies Journal, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Most recently she is co-editor of the transdisciplinary volume North by 2020: Perspectives on Alaska’s Changing Social-Ecological Systems (Autumn 2011) that developed from collaboration during the International Polar Year. She has been a Dickey Fellow in Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College and a Fulbright Research Scholar in Norway at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO). She has served terms as amember of the U.S. National Academies Polar Research Board and is he Associate Director of the North by 2020 Forum.  Currently, as the Principle Investigator on a National Science Foundation grant, she is working on the development of a scenarios process for  the Northwest Arctic and North Slope Boroughs for "Healthy Sustainable Communities.".                                                                                                                               [top]


Photo: Dr. McBeath

Dr. Gerald McBeath
Professor of Political Science
601B Gruening
907.474.6505
gamcbeath@alaska.edu

Dr. Gerald (Jerry) McBeath was educated at the University of Chicago (BA, social sciences, 1963; MA, international relations, 1964) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D., political science, 1970). He joined the UAF faculty in 1976 after teaching at Rutgers College and the City University of New York. His publications include about 55 journal articles and 14 books, the most recent of which are Education Reform in the American States (McBeath, Reyes & Ehrlander, 2008), The Political Economy of Oil in Alaska (McBeath, Berman, Rosenberg & Ehrlander, 2008) and Environmental Change and Food Security in China (McBeath & McBeath, 2010). His research interests are the state and local politics of Alaska, federalism, Native politics, politics of circumpolar northern states, political development of Taiwan and mainland China, comparative politics of East Asian states, and environmental politics and policy, both domestic and international
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Photo: Dr. Meek on one of the trails in the boreal forest of Denali National Park

Dr. Chanda L. Meek
Assistant Professor of Political Science
604A Gruening Building
907.474.5115
clmeek@alaska.edu

Dr. Meek is an interdisciplinary social scientist specializing in environmental and marine policy. She has worked with and researched policy options for community-based resource management and collaborative management since the mid-1990s and now teach courses related to government and politics in Canada, the Arctic, comparative Indigenous rights and research design for graduate students and undergraduate students at UAF. She has active research projects related to marine mammals and environmental change, governance of social-ecological systems, adaptive governance of Arctic systems, and policy learning from disasters. She has published in the journals Global Environmental Change, Marine Policy, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Polar Geography, Journal of Environmental Management, and the Alaska Journal of Anthropology and is a contributor to a new volume from Cambridge University Press, "Principles for Building Resilience." [top]


Photo: Dr. Rosenberg in Grenada

Dr. Jonathan Rosenberg
Professor of Political Science
603B Gruening Building
907.474.6502
jrosenberg@alaska.edu

Dr. Jonathan Rosenberg earned a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA in 1992, and has been on faculty at UAF since fall 1993.  He teaches Political Economy (PS 100x), Comparative Politics (PS 201), Democracy and Global Society (PS 202), International Political Economy (PS 323), Political Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (PS/HIST 467), and Political Economy of the Global Environment (PS 455/655). He is UAF campus coordinator for the Alaska Universities Legislative Internship Program.

Dr. Rosenberg is the author of several papers and book chapters on Cuban political economy, Mexican parties and interest groups, and participatory environmental management in the Eastern Caribbean.  His research evaluates the activities of development assistance agencies, multilateral lending institutions and non-governmental organizations as they affect the participation of local stakeholders in environmentally sustainable development projects.  This research has taken him to Washington DC, Grenada, Dominica, St. Lucia, and Barbados.  He co-authored Comparative Environmental Politics with Dr. McBeath, and the Political Economy of Oil in Alaska:  Multinationals vs. the State, with McBeath and two co-authors. He has also collaborated with Dr. Meek and others to analyze institutions for stakeholder participation in oil and gas leasing in the Alaska Arctic outer continental shelf.
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Photo: Was taken in summer 2002 above the Arctic Circle in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Dr. Gladden sits by a set of caribou antlers, near Anaktuvuk Pass in the central Brooks Range.

Dr. James N. Gladden (retired 2010)
Professor Emeritus

Dr. Gladden has a B.A. and a Ph.D. from Indiana University and an M.A. from the University of Houston. He came to the UAF faculty in 1985 and teaches courses on environmental policy and politics, ethics and social issues, and the history of Western and American political ideas. His research interests are environmental policy and the politics of managing public lands in Alaska and other regions of the circumpolar north. He recently completed a study funded by the National Science Foundation on the politics of making land use choices for wilderness areas in northern Finland and Alaska. He has published several books and articles on related topics. Dr. Gladden was a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria, serving as a senior lecturer at the University of Jos. He taught courses in public policy and federalism, and worked on a rural development project. He was also on sabbatical leave as a visiting scholar at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University. The research focus was on arctic wilderness as a policy concept. He has participated in several summer seminars and institutes sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Some topics were the environmental history of the American West and the environmental ethics of managing public lands in Alaska.
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