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Adam Hoffman   Adam Hoffman (Associate Professor and Chair) joined the Political Science Department in 2008 after teaching at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. He received a B.A. degree in political science and history from SUNY Buffalo (1988), a M.A. degree in political science from the University of New Mexico (1993), a J.D. from Albany Law School (1992) and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park (2005). His teaching interests include American politics, campaigns and elections, public opinion, research methodology and state and local government. He has published articles in the Journal of Politics and the American Journal of Political Science Education. His current research interests include political and economic inequality and political and civic engagement. He has worked in the Maryland and New York state legislatures and in Washington, D.C as a policy analyst for both a private sector policy institute and a large nonprofit organization. Dr. Hoffman is the Internship Coordinator for the Political Science Department. His office is in Fulton Hall 274, phone number is 410-677-0103.
E-Mail:
ahhoffman@salisbury.edu  
   
Len Robinson   Len Robinson (Associate Professor) received a B.A. degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland at College Park (1986), an M.A. in international studies from the University of South Carolina (1991), and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Utah (1999).  His teaching fields are introduction to politics, international relations, comparative politics of developing states, political violence, international political economy, international organizations, and Middle Eastern politics.  He is author of the article, "Rentierism and Foreign Policy in Syria," which appeared in the Arab Studies Journal (Spring 1996), and coauthor, with Hanna Freij, of the article, "Liberalization, the Islamists, and the Stability of the Arab State: Jordan as a Case Study," which was published in the journal The Muslim World (January-April 1996). He wrote the following books: Greg Cashman and Leonard C. Robinson, An Introduction to the Causes of War: Patterns of InterstateConflict from World War I to Iraq, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, MD, 2007 and Leonard Robinson and Taehyun Nam, Introduction to Politics, Kendall Hunt, Debuque, IA 2012 Dr. Robinson's office is in Fulton Hall 298,  phone number is 410-677-0295. E-mail: lcrobinson@salisbury.edu
   

Michael O'Loughlin
  Michael O'Loughlin (Professor) received a B.A. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh (1973) and his Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University (1984). His teaching fields are courses in American politics and government, public policy analysis, and political theory. Dr. O'Loughlin's office is in Fulton Hall 280B, phone number is 410-548-2149. 
E-Mail: mgoloughlin@salisbury.edu 
     

Bobbi Adams
  Bobbi Adams (Associate Professor) received a B.A. degree in the College of Social Studies from Wesleyan University (1991), an M.A. degree in Political Theory from McGill University in Montreal, Canada (1993), and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania (2000). Her teaching fields are introduction to politics, public law, constitutional theory, and environmental politics. Her dissertation " A Social Contract Theory of Pluralism" develops a constitutional theory of pluralism. Dr. Adams' office is in Fulton Hall 297, phone number is 410-677-5426. 
E-Mail: raadams@salisbury.edu 
     

  Taehyun Nam  (Associate Professor) Joined the Political Science Department in 2006 after teaching at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kansas (2005), an M.A. from American University, Washington D.C. (1998) and a B.A. from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea, (1996). His teaching fields are international relations and the comparative politics with emphasis on East Asia. His major research interests include protest and political development. He serves as the program coordinator for SU’s interdisciplinary major in International Studies and the coordinator of East Asia Studies minor. Dr. Nam’s office is in Fulton Hall 280A, phone number is 410-677-5360. For data and other information, please visit his website: http://faculty.salisbury.edu/~txnam/. Email: txnam@salisbury.edu
     
     

  Sarah Surak (Assistant professor) holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Salisbury University. Dr. Surak serves as the Co-Director of Salisbury University’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE). At the institute she facilitates campus efforts to incorporate civic engagement within the undergraduate curriculum.  She received her BA in political science (2003) and a Masters of Public Administration (2006) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance and Globalization from Virginia Tech (2012).  Her work combines critical social theory with prior professional experience coordinating waste management and sustainability programs. Her areas of research include environmental political theory, public policy, public administration and modern social theory; with publications in journals such as Administrative Theory and Praxis and Social Development Issues. Dr. Surak is co-coordinating the 2015 biannual conference of the International Herbert Marcuse Society at Salisbury University.
Email: smsurak@salisbury.edu
Website: http://faculty.salisbury.edu/~smsurak/
     

  Eric Rittinger (Assistant professor) received his B.A. in international studies from the School of the International Service at American University (2004) and both his M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. in political science (2012) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research and teaching interests include international relations and comparative politics, with a specific focus on American foreign policy, civil-military relations, Latin American politics, and qualitative methodologies. He is the author (with Matthew Cleary) of “Confronting Coup Risk in the Latin American Left,” which is forthcoming in Studies in Comparative International Development. His most recent research project looks at the U.S.’s approach to raising and training foreign militaries in Central America and the Caribbean during the early 20th century. Dr. Rittinger’s office is in Fulton Hall 280 and his phone number is 410-548-3531. Email: errittinger@salisbury.edu
     

Harry Basehart
  Harry Basehart (Emeritus Professor)
Harry Basehart (Professor Emeritus) received a B.A. degree in political science from Kent State University (1964) and an M.A. (1965) and a Ph.D. (1972) in political science from The Ohio State University. He retired at the end of spring semester 2008, after 37 years of teaching. Dr. Basehart was the first chair of the Department of Political Science and chaired the department for a total of 15 years. He was co-founder, with Dr. Fran Kane of the Philosophy Department, of PACE (Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement). His teaching interests focused on American politics, public opinion, research methodology, and the politics of the 1960s, especially the Vietnam War. He is coauthor with David Saffell of State and Local Government: Politics and Public Policies, now in its 9th edition.
E-mail: hhbasehart@salisbury.edu
     

Greg Cashman
  Greg Cashman (Emeritus Faculty) received his B.S.Ed. in History (1968) and an M.A. in International Relations (1973) from Ohio University, and his Ph.D. in International Studies from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. His teaching fields are introduction to politics, American foreign policy, international relations, the causes of war, and Russian politics. His college text, What Causes War? was first published in 1993 with a second edition published in 2013, and is widely used in undergraduate and graduate courses in international conflict. A second text, An Introduction to the Causes of War: Patterns of interstate Conflict from World War I to Iraq (co-authored with Dr. Len Robinson of SU) was published in 2007. Dr. Cashman is a recipient of the SU Outstanding Faculty Award (1994) and was the program coordinator for SU’s interdisciplinary major in International Studies. E-Mail: gecashman@salisbury.edu 
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