Faculty and Staff

Bodelson, Patricia (1990)

Professor of Political Science
B.S.N. 1974, University of North Dakota
M.S. 1978, Texas Woman's University
Ph.D. 1988, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Office: 51 Building, #300
Campus Phone: 308-2035
E-mail: pbodelson@stcloudstate.edu

Dr. Bodelson teaches Democratic Citizenship: American Government (195); Political Science Research Methods (201); Introduction to World Politics (251); Public Administration (380); Internship (444); Administering Public Policy (481/581); and Health Administration (488).

Butenhoff, Linda J. (1998)

Professor of Political Science
B.A. 1986, University of Minnesota-Duluth;
M.A. 1991, Ph.D. 1996, University of Denver

Office: EB A216
Campus Phone: 308-4129
E-mail: ljbutenhoff@stcloudstate.edu

Dr. Butenhoff is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Global Studies Program at SCSU. An Austrian-American Fulbright Scholar, she holds a Doctorate in International Studies from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. While her primary area of expertise is international studies, human rights, conflict and conflict resolution and Asian studies, she enjoys teaching courses as International Politics Theory, Global Society and Citizenship, and Asian Government and Politics. Dr. Butenhoff has taught in Europe and China, authored the book, Social Movements and Political Reform in Hong Kong, and published several book chapters and journal articles. Dr. Butenhoff has taken students on a study trip to the United Nations and UN permanent missions in New York City and she is advisor for the student organization the International Relations Club and Global Issues Forum which each year participates in the Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference. She welcomes students interested in Global Affairs to visit with her any time by contacting her at ljbutenhoff@stcloudstate.edu.

Dr. Butenhoff teaches Introduction to World Politics (251); Asian Government and Politics (336); Theories of International Politics (353); and United Nations and Regional Organizations (452/552).

Frank, Stephen (1978) Steve Frank

Professor of Political Science
B.S.E. 1967, M.A. 1969, Central Michigan University
Ph.D. 1977, Washington State University

Office: 51 Building, #302
E-mail: sfrank@stcloudstate.edu
Web site: web.stcloudstate.edu/sfrank

Dr. Frank teaches Democratic Citizenship: American Government (195); Political Science Research Methods (201); State and Local Government (312); Legislative Process (412/512); Judicial Process (413/513); and Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior (470/570).

Dr. Frank started the SCSU Survey in 1980, and since has played a major role in the development, administration and analysis of over 150 telephone surveys for local and state governments, school districts and a variety of nonprofit agencies. Dr. Frank has completed extensive postgraduate work in survey research at the University of Michigan. Dr. Frank coauthored with Dr. Wagner and published by Harcourt College, “We Shocked the World!” A Case Study of Jesse Ventura’s Election as Governor of Minnesota, Revised Edition. He also published two academic book chapters: one appears inf Perspectives on Minnesota Government and Politics and the other, co-authored with Dr. Wagner, is contained in Campaigns and Elections, edited by Robert Watson and Colton Campbell. Dr. Frank is chair of the SCSU Department of Political Science, served as Faculty Association president and served as President of the Minnesota Political Science Association. Frank lectures/teaches graduate public opinion sessions and classes as part of the Masters of Advocacy and Leadership Program at the University of MN, Duluth.

Greaves, Edward F. (2004) On Sabbatical Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 Semesters

Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A. 1992, Ph.D. 2002, University Of Florida

Office: 51 Building, #313
Campus Phone: 308-5164
E-mail: efgreaves@stcloudstate.edu

Dr. Greaves teaches Political Ideas and Institutions (101); Introduction to World Politics (251); Latin American Government and Politics (333); Emerging Issues in the Nonwestern World (337); POL 355, International Security (355); International Law (451/551); and, Terrorism, Insurgency and World Politics (456/556).

Hammes, Michelle Kukoleca (1998)

Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A. 1992, Niagara University
M.A. 1996, Ph.D. 1998, SUNY-Binghamton

Office: 51 Building, #303
Campus Phone: 308-4130
E-mail: mhammes@stcloudstate.edu

Dr. Kukoleca Hammes teaches Political Ideas and Institutions (101); Democratic Citizenship: American Government (195); Women in Politics (320); Governments of Western Europe (331); and Comparative Federalism: US-Canada (339); Senior Seminar (429).

Dr. Kukoleca Hammes’ main research interests focus around what she calls the 3 Rs (Recognition, Representation, and Response). She is also a faculty co-director of the SCSU Survey where she enjoys the opportunity to be involved in applied research in a setting that encourages student collaboration. Students taking her classes will quickly note her special love of the study of Canadian politics and government. During her upcoming sabbatical she would like to work on developing two new courses for the department. One would be on comparative democracy and the other would be on politics in literature.

Originally from the Buffalo, New York area, Dr. Kukoleca now resides in St. Cloud with her husband Steve, their daughter Melanie, and their first born, a cat named Kitaria.

Hassan, Aref N. (2008)

Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A. 1993, American University of Beirut
M.A. 1999, Ph.D. 2006 University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Office: 51 Building, #311
Campus Phone: 308-2529
E-mail: anhassan@stcloudstate.edu

Dr. Hassan teaches Political Ideas and Institutions (101); Introduction to World Politics (251); Middle East Government and Politics (334); Emerging Issues in the Nonwestern World (337); and, The Politics of Global Economy (454/545).

Before coming to SCSU Dr. Hassan was teaching full time at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, he also taught at the University of Buffalo and at Buffalo State College as an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Hassan also worked for a number of years in higher education as an Assistant Hall Director and a Residence Hall Director. Dr. Hassan’s academic interests include Middle Eastern Politics, ethnic conflict, American foreign policy, and Political Islam.

Lindsey, Jason R. (2004)

Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A. 1993, University of Alabama
M.A. 1994, M.Phil. 1999, Ph.D. 2004, Columbia University in the City of New York

Office: 51 Building, #305
Campus Phone: 308-2163
E-mail: jrlindsey@stcloudstate.edu
Web site: web.stcloudstate.edu/jrlindsey

Dr. Lindsey teaches Democratic Citizenship: American Government (195); Politics of Russia and the Successor States (332); Politics of Eastern Europe (338); Western Political Thought (361); Contemporary Political Theory (362); and, Modern Ideologies (465/565)

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Lindsey joined the department in 2004. His main area of research is contemporary political theory though he also researches the politics of Eastern Europe and travels there extensively. 

Nyendu, Morgan (2007)Morgan

Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A. 1984, University of Ghana
M.A. 1999, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
M.A. 2000, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Ph.D. 2006, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

Office: 51 Building, #308
Campus Phone: 308-2537
E-mail: mnyendu@stcloudstate.edu

Dr. Nyendu teaches Political Ideas and Institutions (101); Introduction to World Politics (251); Emerging Issues in the Nonwestern World (337); African Government and Politics (335); and International Organizations (354).

Research Interests: Politics of the Global South, Government and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa, Political Reform, Democratization and Decentralization, Development and Underdevelopment, The Post-Colonial State in Africa, The State and Development in Africa, Traditional Authority, Regionalism, Globalization, International Political Economy, International Politics, International Organizations. 

Uradnik, Kathleen A. (1999)

Professor of Political Science
B.A. 1986, University of Chicago
J.D. 1989, M.A. 1990, University of Virginia
Ph.D. 1998, University of California-Berkeley

Office: 51 Building, #309
Campus Phone: 308-4132
E-mail: kuradnik@stcloudstate.edu

Dr. Uradnik teaches Democratic Citizenship: American Government (195); Western Political Thought (361); Introduction to Law (391); Senior Seminar (429); American Political Thought (463/563); Constitutional Law (491/591) and The Courts and Civil Rights (492/592).

Wagner, Steven C. (1996)

Professor of Political Science
B.S. 1979, Illinois State University
MPA, 1981, Ph.D. 1989, Northern Illinois University

Office: 51 Building, #304
Campus Phone: 308-5423
E-mail: swagner@stcloudstate.edu

Dr. Wagner teaches Democratic Citizenship: American Government (195); Public Administration (380); Administration of the Nonprofit Organization (487); Public Personnel Administration (482/582); Program Evaluation (486); and Public Management (489). Dr. Wagner also teaches American Government Seminar (619) and occasionally the Program Evaluation course in the Public and Non-Profit Institutions Master’s Degree program. Dr. Wagner is in the process of brushing up his skills in American politics and is planning to a future of teaching courses in American politics such as the Presidency, Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections and Campaigns. 

Dr. Wagner is a faculty co-director of the SCSU Survey. Before coming to SCSU, Dr. Wagner taught in Kansas and before that was a staff researcher for the U.S. General Accountability (then, Accounting) Office. Dr. Wagner has written many papers on state politics and has published works on voting behavior, federal funding of local services and organizational decision making. Dr. Wagner, with Dr. Frank, published two texts on Jesse Ventura’s election as Minnesota’s Governor. Dr. Wagner currently serves an as chairperson of the Department. He resides in New Brighton, Minnesota with his spouse, Karen, daughter Kelsey, and Cocker Spaniel, Marty.

Yang, Shoua (2008)

Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A., 1991, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
M.A., 1993, M.A., 1994, Ohio University
MPA, 1998, Cleveland State University
Ph.D. 2006, Northern Illinois University

Office: 51 Building, #306

Dr. Yang teaches Democratic Citizenship: American Government (195); Metro Area Governments (313); Public Administration (380); Managing Local Governments (483/583); and, Public Budgeting (484/584).

His specialty areas are Public Administration, Public Policy, and Comparative Politics in Southeast Asia. In addition, Dr. Yang is also interested in teaching Ethnic Politics and Southeast Asian Politics. 

Helm, Cindy Gresser (1988)

Office Manager
B.S. Office Administration 1980, St. Cloud State University

Office: 51 Building, #328
Campus Phone: 308-2162
E-mail: lghelm@stcloudstate.edu

Ms. Helm started at SCSU in the spring of 1988 working intermittently for Registration and also Pre-Business Advising. In 1990, she started working in Records and Registration and in 1998 transferred to the Political Science Department. Cindy enjoys working in the Political Science Department and feels one of the best aspects of her job is working with our students. 

Ms. Helm is the sole staff person in our department. Her main duties include maintaining an efficient office flow, managing the budget, processing semester schedules, maintaining records of students in our major and minor programs, supervising work study students, and assisting faculty and students as needed.

Ms. Helm lives in St. Cloud and has three grown children. Alison, who has a Master in Public Health from the U of MN and works for a nonprofit, Jon, who has a degree from the St. Cloud Technical College and is a fleet manager, and Renee, who is a 2009 grad of SCSU in Public Administration and received her Master of Public Administration Degree from Northern Illinois University in 2011. She is back in Minnesota working in city administration.

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