Hamilton's government faculty are active teachers and scholars with a variety of research interests in the field. A number of faculty members have received awards for teaching excellence.

Stephen Orvis, Ph.D., Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise: African politics and development; democratization, especially in Africa; civil society and issues of diversity in democracies.
Stephen Orvis (Ph.D., Wisconsin), Professor of Government, studies comparative politics with an emphasis on Africa. More >>

His articles on rural development in Kenya and African democratization have appeared in African Studies Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, Journal of Asian and African Studies and Africa Today. He is the author of The Agrarian Question in Kenya (University Presses of Florida). He served as an international election observer in Kenya's transitional elections to democratic rule and led 11 Hamilton students on the Kenya Field School in Summer 2000 and Summer 2004. He is writing a textbook on comparative politics for Congressional Quarterly Press.

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Frank Anechiarico, Ph.D., The Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law

Areas of Expertise: public administration, public ethics and law and society.
Frank Anechiarico studies constitutional law and public administration. More >>

He is the co-author (with Eugene Lewis) of Urban America: Politics and Policy (2nd ed., 1983) and the author of Suing the Philadelphia Police: The Case for an Institutional Approach, and Remembering Corruption: The Elusive Lessons of Scandal in New York City. Anechiarico was a research fellow of the Center for Research on Crime and Justice at New York University Law School during 1991-92 and was a research fellow at NYU Law School in 2003. Anechiarico and James Jacobs' book, The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity: How Corruption Control Makes Government Ineffective, was published by University of Chicago Press in 1996. He has also published in the Public Administration Review and Administration and Society. Anechiarico's latest project is a book on the relationship between ethics and the quality of performance in public management. He is an organizer of the European Public Administration Conference on Ethics in Leuven, Belgium in 2005 and the Administrator of the Hamilton Program in New York City.

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Alan Cafruny, Ph.D., The Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Affairs

Areas of Expertise: U.S. foreign policy, U.S. – Russian relations, and European politics.
A widely regarded scholar of International Relation, European Politics, and the European Union, Cafruny is knowledgeable about political, economic, and foreign policy issues of the EU; Europe's relationship with NATO and the United States; and the politics of southeastern Europe. More >>

Cafruny has published numerous books and articles, including most recently Europe at Bay: In the Shadow of US Hegemony (Lynne Rienner, 2007; co-authored with Magnus Ryner) and A Ruined Fortress: Neoiberal Hegemony and Transformation in Europe, (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003; co-edited with Magnus Ryner). 

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Peter Cannavò, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise: environmental political theory, Republican political thought, enviromental politics, land use politics, political geography, and climate change.
Peter F. Cannavò received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2000, an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1992, and an A.B. from Harvard University in 1986. More >>

Cannavò is the author of The Working Landscape: Founding, Preservation, and the Politics of Place (MIT Press, 2007), in which he examines the conflict between development and preservation as a major factor behind our contemporary crisis of place. He is also a contributor to the volumes The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice (MIT Press, 2010) and Political Theory and Global Climate Change (MIT Press, 2008), and has contributed articles to various journals, including Political Theory and Environmental Politics. He is currently co-editing Greening the Canon, a collection on environmental insights from the political theory canon and is writing a book on the theoretical and historical connections between environmentalism and civic republicanism in the United States.  

Cannavò’s work and teaching are in areas of political theory; environmental theory, politics, history; the politics of place; and ethics and public policy. Cannavò is also director of Hamilton's Environmental Studies Program and is sustainability program director for the Levitt Center.

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Erica De Bruin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Government

Erica De Bruin joins Hamilton College as an assistant professor of government. She received a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Yale University in 2014. More >>

De Bruin’s research interests include civil-military relations, military effectiveness, international conflict and civil war. Her current research focuses on how to prevent military coups and how violent conflict escalates. De Bruin worked previously as a research associate in U.S. foreign policy and international law at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., and taught international relations to high school students through the United Nations Association’s Global Classrooms Program. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia University.

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Gbemende Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise: American politics, executive branch institutions, judicial institutions, and bureaucratic politics.
Gbemende Johnson received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Georgia State University. More >>

Her research interests are American institutions, judicial politics and executive branch politics. Johnson also has a strong secondary interest in political theory. Her dissertation examined judicial decision-making on cases involving executive power and policy in the 50 States.

Johnson’s work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science and she recently received a grant from Rutgers’ University Center on the American Governor to examine state supreme court deference to executive power. She is currently working on a project that explores the non-delegation doctrine in the states and a project that examines state implementation of portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

At Hamilton Johnson will be teaching courses on constitutional law, civil liberties, and the presidency.

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Yayoi Kato, Visiting Assistant Professor of Government

Yayoi Kato received her M.A. in East Asian Area Studies and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California. More >>

 Her research interest is China’s reform policy-making process, with special interests in internal debates, elite conflicts, and ideology’s functions in decision-making.  Kato is currently working on the issue-framing analysis of the elite debates over state-owned enterprise reforms since the 1990s and the resultant rise of China’s state capitalist model.  She will be teaching courses concerning Chinese politics, U.S.-China relations, East Asian politics, comparative politics, and international relations.

Phil Klinkner, Ph.D., The James S. Sherman Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise: American politics, political parties, campaigns and elections and race, and American politics.
Philip Klinkner received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is an expert on American politics, including parties and elections, race relations, Congress and the Presidency. More >>

He has been a professor at Hamilton since 1995 and is the former director of the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center. Klinkner has written extensively on a variety of topics related to American politics. His books include The Losing Parties: Out-Party National Committees, 1956-1993 (Yale University Press, 1994) and Midterm: The 1994 Elections in Perspective (Westview Press, 1996). Most recently, he co-authored The Unsteady March: The Rise and Decline of America's Commitment to Racial Equality (University of Chicago Press, 1999), which received the 2000 Horace Mann Bond Book Award from Harvard University’s Afro-American Studies Department and W.E.B DuBois Institute.

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Robert Martin, Ph.D., Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise: American political thought, democratic theory, early modern political thought, philosophy of social science, and constitutional law.
Robert Martin teaches political theory. His interests include American political thought, democratic theory, early modern political thought, philosophy of social science and constitutional law. More >>

Martin is the author of Government By Dissent: Protest, Resistance, and Radical Democratic Thought in the Early American Republic (New York University Press, forthcoming) and  The Free and Open Press: The Founding of American Democratic Press Liberty (New York University Press, 2001).  He is also co-editor with Hamilton professor Douglas Ambrose of The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of America's Most Elusive Founding Father (New York University Press, 2006).  Martin's work has appeared in History of Political Thought, Polity, The Journal of the Early Republic and Political Research Quarterly. A recipient of the Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award, Martin has held research fellowships at the New-York Historical Society and the American Antiquarian Society.  He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota.

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Omobolaji Olarinmoye, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise: comparative politics, African politics, international development studies, religion and development, and contentious politics.
Omobolaji Olarinmoye holds a doctorate in comparative politics from the University of Ibadan, an M. Phil/D.E.A in African politics from the Institut d’ etudes Politique /Centre d’etudes d ’Afrique Noire, Bordeaux, and a M.sc and B.sc in political science from University of Ibadan. More >>

His doctoral thesis on the Politics of Ethnic Mobilization Amongst the Yoruba of South-western Nigeria was awarded the Best Thesis Prize in Nigerian Politics and Government from the Department of Political Science University of Ibadan (2007). Olarinmoye was a lecturer in comparative politics at Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Nigeria. He has just completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship (the Global Leaders Fellowship) jointly sponsored by University of Oxford and Princeton University. 

Olarinmoye has published articles, book chapters and monographs in the areas of African politics/ Nigerian government and politics, development studies, peacekeeping/post-conflict peace-building and faith-based development.

Sharon Rivera, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise: democratization, Russian politics, elite transformation, and diffusion of ideas.
Sharon Werning Rivera (Ph.D., University of Michigan) specializes in the post-communist countries of Eurasia with a particular emphasis on Russia. More >>

Rivera's research and teaching interests are in the field of comparative politics with particular emphases on democratization, elite political culture, the transformation of elites in post-communist settings and the diffusion of ideas.

Her articles have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Political Studies, Party Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Europe-Asia Studies, as well as in edited collections.  She has also published pedagogical articles on the use of active learning strategies in the classroom.

Her research to date has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the U.S. Department of Education. In 2012-13 she was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the Russian Federation.

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Sam Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise: American politics, political parties, American political development, American social policy
Sam Rosenfeld received a bachelor's degree in history from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. More >>

Sam Rosenfeld  received a bachelor's degree in history from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.  His dissertation project, “A Choice, Not an Echo: Polarization and the Transformation of the American Party System,” provides an intellectual and institutional history of party polarization in the postwar United States.   Rosenfeld’s research and teaching interests include the history of political parties, the intersection of social movements and formal politics, and the politics of social and economic policymaking.  He previously worked as a writer and editor at The American Prospect magazine in Washington, D.C.   

Heather Sullivan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise: comparative, Latin American and Mexican politics; protest and social movements; political violence and state capacity.
Heather Sullivan received her bachelor's degree in international studies and Spanish from Elon University and her master's degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More >>

Sullivan's research explores the relationship between state capacity, protest and protest management, using an original dataset on protest in contemporary Mexico. At Hamilton, she teaches courses on comparative politics, Latin American politics, Mexican politics and political protest.

Ned Walker, M.A., Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Global Political Theory

Areas of Expertise: Middle East; State Department Middle East management; U.S. foreign policy decision-making; U.N. Security Council, peacekeeping and peacemaking; global trends and threats; terrorism; tools of diplomacy and cultural diplomacy.
Edward S. Walker, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador and former president of the Middle East Institute, a Washington-based think tank on Middle East Policy, is the Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Global Political Theory. More >>

Ambassador Walker, a 1962 Hamilton graduate, served as the Linowitz Professor of Middle East Studies in 2003 and 2005. Before assuming the presidency of the Middle East Institute, Walker worked with Colin Powell in the new Bush Administration as assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, a position he had previously held under Madeleine Albright during the second Clinton administration. During that time he helped initiate and negotiate U.S. policy toward Iraq and engaged in recalibrating U.S. policies toward Iran and the Middle East Peace Process.

Walker's diplomatic career includes positions as U.S. ambassador to Israel (1997-1999), the Arab Republic of Egypt (1994-1997) and the United Arab Emirates (1989-1992), as well as deputy permanent representative of the U.S. to the United Nations (1992-1993).

Joel Winkelman, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise: history of political thought, American political thought, work and labor, and the Progressive era.
Winkelman completed his Ph.D in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More >>

Winkelman's current research project explores the relationship between the work ethic and democracy in the political thought of the Progressive Era United States. At Hamilton, he will be teaching courses in political theory and a course on democracy and the workplace. Winkelman's writing has been published by The Review of Politics and Polity.

Gary Wyckoff, Ph.D., Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise: health, education and welfare policy; evidence in public policy decisions; empirical studies of happiness and well-being; and the application of quanttitative analysis to decision-making.
Paul Gary Wyckoff (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a professor of government and the director of the Public Policy Program at Hamilton. More >>

An economist by training, Wyckoff's current research focuses on the empirical foundations of public sector decision-making.  He is the author of Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age: The Great Disconnect, published by the Urban Institute Press. [view introduction] He is working on a book manuscript titled Radical Empiricism, which highlights personal, business, and public policies that conflict with the beset available evidence. 

Wyckoff's teaching duties include Data Analysis (Government 230), Introduction to Public Policy (Public Policy 251), Topics in Public Policy (Public Policy 382), and Senior Project (Public Policy 500 and 501). Wyckoff also serves as executive editor of Insights, Hamilton's undergraduate social science journal.

David Rivera, Ph.D., Scholar in Residence

Areas of Expertise: democratization in the postcommunist world, elite transformation in Russia; Russian foreign policy and the international politics of Eurasia; and international relations theory.
David Rivera earned his A.B. in Russian and Soviet studies from Harvard (1988) and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1999). More >>

From 1994-1996 Rivera served as director of the Harvard Russian Institute of International Affairs in Moscow. His teaching and research interests include both international relations and comparative politics, with special interests in the international politics of Eurasia, post-communist democratization, Russian politics and research methods.

He is the co-editor of Russia and the United States in a Changing World (Moscow: Nauchnaya kniga, 1995) and has authored or co-authored articles in Perspectives on Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Post-Soviet Affairs, Politicheskie issledovaniya [Research on Politics] (Russia’s premier political science journal), Mir i Politika [The World and Politics], and Obozrevatel’-Observer. His most recent publication is titled “Is Russia a Militocracy? Conceptual Issues and Extant Findings Regarding Elite Militarization” and is forthcoming in Post-Soviet Affairs.


David Paris, Ph.D., Professor of Government Emeritus

Areas of Expertise: political philosophy, public policy and higher education theory and practice.
David C. Paris specializes in education policy, political thought and democratic theory. More >>

David C. Paris specializes in education policy, political thought and democratic theory. He is the author of Ideology and Education Reform: Themes and Theories in Public Education, (Westview Press, 1995), and "Standards and Charters: Horace Mann Meets Tinkerbell" in Educational Policy (1998) and a number of other articles. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and has been a member of Hamilton College's faculty since 1979.

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Christina Willemsen, Lecturer in Governement