Political Science
Holloway Hall

Faculty Bios

Len Robinson   Len Robinson (Associate Professor and Chair) 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 252,  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 258, 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
     
Adam Hoffman   Adam Hoffman (Associate Professor) 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, race and politics, public opinion, research methodology and state and local government. His dissertation, “The Impact of Campaign Contributions on State Legislators,” looks at the role that money plays in affecting legislative outputs at the state level. He is co-author, with James G. Gimpel and Karen M. Kaufmann of the article, “A Promise Fulfilled? Open Primaries and Representation,” which was published in the Journal of Politics (May 2003). At the University of Maryland, he coordinated the Capitol Hill Internship Program. 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’s office is in Fulton Hall 274, phone number is 410-677-0103.
E-Mail: ahhoffman@salisbury.edu 
     
  Sarah Surak (Assistant professor) holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Salisbury University. 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 teaching and research interests include environmental policy, public policy, environmental political theory, comparative politics, public administration, modern political and social theory, politics of Germany. She is particularly interested in the politics of waste/ing and the political and economic governance of garbage. Dr. Surak is currently working on the book Governing waste: Politics, process, and public administration assessing the practice of sustainability and waste management in public administrative. Dr. Surak’s office is in Fulton Hall 280F, phone number is 410-677-3879. 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 280D 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