Faculty and Staff


 Dexter Boniface, Ph.D.

Dexter Boniface, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign 
Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: dboniface@rollins.edu

Dr. Dexter Boniface is the Weddell Chair of the Americas and Associate Professor of Political Science at Rollins. He currently serves as Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Program and Vice-President of the Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences at Rollins. He is currently supervising one honors thesis and advising approximately one dozen students. Dexter was a visiting fellow at the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City in 2009-2010. He is co-editor of the book Promoting Democracy in the Americas (Johns Hopkins, 2007) and the author of numerous articles in journals such as Comparative Politics, Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, and Global Governance.


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 Dan Chong, Ph.D.

Dan Chong, Ph.D. American University
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Email: dchong@rollins.edu

Dr. Dan Chong is an Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins, teaching courses in international human rights, global poverty, and peace and conflict resolution.  He has led international field study courses focused on human rights and poverty to Guatemala, South Africa, and the Thai-Burma border.  His first book, Freedom from Poverty: NGOs and Human Rights Praxis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), analyzes the methods that NGOs use to advocate for rights to food, housing, and health care.  He has also contributed to journals such as Development and Change, Human Rights Review, and Global Environmental Politics. He is currently working on an undergraduate textbook on human rights for Lynne Rienner Publishers.  He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Amnesty International student club, as a member of the strategic task force for the Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Initiative (SESI), and as co-chair of the High-Impact Practices advisory group at Rollins.

 Don Davison, Ph.D.

Don Davison, Ph.D. Washington University in Saint Louis
Professor of Political Science

Email: ddavison@rollins.edu

Dr. Donald Davison is a Professor specializing in American institutions, public policy and formal theory and methodology. His research focuses upon the effects of race and religion on political behavior and the reactions by majority populations to minority voting rights. Dr. Davison previously held a position on the board of the ICPSR and has published a widely used data set and instructional manual through the Consortium. He also was awarded a Fulbright at the University of Warsaw and served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty from 2009 - 2011.  His most recent publications include “The Myth of the Catholic Vote: The Influence of Ideology and Theology on Catholics in Presidential Elections, 1972-2008,” with Michael Krassa, (2011),  “Deliberative Democracy: Health Care and the Limits of Increased Information Levels,” with Daniel Reagan and Josh Raines, (2011), and “American Conservatism: The Influence of the Tea Party on the Republican Party,” (2013). He is also the editor for the European peer reviewed Politics and Religion Journal’s special edition on the United States.

Joan Davison, Ph.D.

Joan Davison, Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 
Professor of Political Science

Email: jdavison@rollins.edu

Dr. Joan Davison currently serves as Chair of the Professional Standards Committee of the A&S Faculty, a member of the Executive Committee of A&S, a member of the Executive Council of the College, and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. In May 2011 she was awarded a three year appointment as a Cornell Distinguished Faculty Member. In fall 2012, Professor Davison taught a linked course for first year students in the Rollins Conference which also fulfilled the general education ‘Values’ requirement. She advised 29 students and offered an intersession course. Dr. Davison generally teaches courses in the international and comparative politics subfields, and in fall 2012 also taught a Political Science Senior Seminar, “Politics and Religion.” Her research currently focuses upon ethnoreligious identity and politics in Bosnia Herzegovina. She recently published “What Matters to Social Democratic Party Voters? Liberal and Economic Interests trump Ethnoreligious Identity in Bosnia Hercegovina,” Civis 2 (2013), “The Beauty and the Beast: Civil Society and Nationalisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” with Jesenko Tesan, Southwestern Journal of International Studies 4 (2011) 24-52; and “Whither or Wither: Disaffection, Intransigence and Democratization in Bosnia and Hercegovina,” Balkanistica 24 (2011) 87-106. Forthcoming 2013 is her book chapter, “The Left’s Attraction amidst Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Nationalist Politics,” in Left and Right: The Great Dichotomy Revisited.

 Rick Fogleson, Ph.D.

Rick Foglesong, Ph.D. University of Chicago
Professor of Political Science
Email: rfoglesong@rollins.edu


Dr. Richard Foglesong is the George and Harriet Cornell Professor of Politics and President of the Rollins Faculty.  He teaches courses in American national politics, as well as urban politics and urban planning.  He co-founded the new Masters of Planning in Civic Urbanism program, which took its first class in fall 2010.  Professor Foglesong has authored a history of American urban planning, co-edited a book on industrial policy, and wrote Married to the Mouse: Walt Disney World and Orlando.  His book Immigrant Prince: Mel Martinez and the American Dream was published in spring 2011.  He is a regular political commentator on state and national politics in the local news media.

 Michael Gunter, Ph.D.

Michael Gunter, Ph.D. University of Kentucky
Professor of Political Science
Email: mgunter@rollins.edu


Dr. Mike Gunter is a Cornell Distinguished Faculty member in environmental politics and international relations and served as a Fulbright scholar at Univerzita Komenského in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2006.  He is the author of Building the Next Ark: How NGOs Work to Protect Biodiversity (2006/2004) with Dartmouth as well as a number of articles, editorials, and reviews on sustainable development.  His current research includes a book chapter on environmental protests in China with Berghahn Press and Tales of an Eco-tourist, a book project which uses eco-tourism as a lens to better understand the political problems within climate change.  He taught six courses and an Intersession last year while serving as director of the International Relations Program and advisor for Washington Semester Program.  

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 Tom Lairson, Ph.D.

Tom Lairson, Ph.D. University of Kentucky
Professor of Political Science
Email: tlairson@rollins.edu


Dr. Thomas Lairson is the Gelbman Professor of International Business and Professor of Political Science and teaches Asian political economy and business.  He was a Ford Foundation Professor of International Relations at the Institute for International Relations in Vietnam, has taught at Wuhan University, East China University of Science and Technology, and has lectured at Fudan University, Jindal Global University, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade and Jiao Tong University, and was a Fulbright Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  Dr. Lairson frequently teaches at the Rollins Center in Shanghai.  His publications focus on international political economy, the global financial crisis, the Chinese economy, state capitalism and Vietnam’s economy. He leads student field studies in Asia.

 Julia Maskivker, Ph.D.

Julia Maskivker, Ph.D. Columbia University
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Email: jmaskivker@rollins.edu

Dr. Julia Maskivker is a political theorist whose teaching and research  agenda  focuses   on  contemporary  theories  of  justice,  global  ethics,  and  social  and economic citizenship.  She taught the following courses at Rollins: Problems in Political Thought, Ancient Political Theory, Welfare and Justice, Constitutional Law and Contemporary Political Theory. Her recent publications include: Self-Realization and Justice: A Liberal-Perfectionist Defense of the Right to Freedom from Employment (Routledge 2012), and “Discursive Practices in Ancient Athens: A Habermasian Approach” (The European Legacy, 15:7, 2010).

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 Eren Tatari, Ph.D.

Eren Tatari, Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Email: etatari@rollins.edu

Dr. Eren Tatari is an Assistant Professor teaching courses on Comparative Politics, Middle East Politics, Muslims in Western Politics, Research Methods, and Islam and Politics courses. She specializes in ethnic and religious minorities in the U.S. and Western Europe, Middle East politics, democratic theory and minority rights, politics and religion, women in Islam, gender politics, and intersectionality. Her recent publications include Surrendering to God: Understanding Islam in the Modern Age (Tughra Publications, 2012) and Muslims in British Local Government: Representing Minority Interests in Hackney, Newham, and Tower Hamlets (BRILL, 2014).

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Alison Reeve
Administrative Assistant
Email: areeve@rollins.edu

Alison Reeve currently serves in the capacity of Administrative Assistant to the Political Science Department. She has held this position since June of 2013. In this position Alison is responsible for communications, overseeing departmental budgets, purchasing and serves as inter-departmental liaison with the College and community.

Alison is a Florida native with family connections to Rollins. When not working, Alison enjoys spending time with her family, photography, restoring vintage items and traveling.

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