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Political Science Faculty

*Emeritus Faculty




Dr. David Kanervo


David Kanervo, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Political Science


M.A., Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

B.A. in Political Science, Milikin University


 *Current Faculty






Marsha Lyle-Gonga, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Political Science

Phone: (931) 221-7583

Location: Clement 143B



Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration, Walden University

M.S. in Urban Administration, Trinity University Political Science, Our Lady of the Lake University

Research Topics 

Women and Politics

Political Leadership     

Urban Politics             

Public Policy 

dr. anna gregg

 Anna Gregg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

Phone: (931) 221-6389

Location: Clement 143G



Ph.D. in Political Science, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

M.A. in Public Administration, Southern Illinois University

B.A. in Economics, St. Petersburg Agricultural State University

Research Topics

Institutions and Political  Economies of Post Communist States

Area Specialization in Russia and Post-Soviet States       

Taught at the Leningradski State Regional University from 1998-2001 while conducting field research there.      

International Relations

Dr. Gruszczynski

Michael Gruszczynski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science 

Phone: (931) 221-7581

Location: Clement 143F



M.A. & Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

B.S. in Political Science, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Research Topics

Political Psychology Political Communication Research Methods

Persistence of Media Controversies in Presidential Elections

The Influence of Polarization on Congressional News Coverage

The Emotional Basis of Political Attitudes

He is currently working on two books under contract, one on applied quantitative political science and the other on how changes in the news media have affected public attitudes and behaviors in the political domain.  


Matthew Kenney, Ph.D.

Director of the President's Emerging Leaders Program

Professor of Political Science

Phone: (931) 221-6398

Location: Honors Commons



Ph.D. in Political Science, Tulane University

M.A. in Latin American Studies, Tulane University

M.A. in Greek, Tulane University

B.A. in Philosophy, Northwestern University

Research Topics










 Julia North, J.D.

Instructor of Political Science

Phone: (931) 221-1248

Location: Clement 143 D



J.D. University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

B.S. in Biology, Eastern Michigan University




 Research  Topics  

Women and the Law

Family Law







John Phillips, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Phone: (931) 221-6894

Location: Clement 143E



M.A. & Ph.D. in Political Science, Brown University

B.A. in Political Economy and German, Williams College

Research Topics

Primary fields:     

Political Theory   

Political Economy

Research interests:

Political Authority

Democratic Theory 

Global Justice 

Distributive Justice in Natural Resources         

Oil Politics            

Property Rights         

Civic Education






 E. Sage Disney

Administrative Assistant II

Phone: (931) 221-7515

Location: Clement 143 




M.A. in Corporate Communications, Austin Peay State University

B.S. in Political Science, Austin Peay State University 





 Adjunct Faculty

Katherine Hunt
Courses Taught: International Politics, Comparative Politics, and Politics of the Developing World

Deanna Kasitz                                                                                                                   Courses Taught: American National Government                                                                 Email:

Jessica Miller
Courses Taught: Introduction to Public Policy, Health Care Policy in the United States, and American National Government

Paula Turner
Courses Taught: American National Government, International Politics, Terrorism & Counter Terrorism, U.S. Defense Policy, and Power, Morality, & International Relations

Brandi L. Jones 
Courses Taught: Civil Trial and Appellate Practice, and Juvenile Law

Crystal Wilkerson                                                                                                                          
Courses Taught: Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Intro to Legal Assistance & Ethics                                                                      Email: