Department of Political Science


People v2

The team involved in the Center on US Politics (CUSP) are listed below.

Dr Thomas Gift, Founding Director

Lecturer in Political Science: Public Policy Economics and Analysis

An expert in comparative politics and political economy, Dr Gift has written on topics including democracy, trade, voting behavior, and American politics broadly.

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Dr Nadia Hilliard

Lecturer in US Politics at the Institute of the Americas

Nadia’s current research focuses on the themes of accountability and state building in the American political development (APD) tradition.
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Dr Jeffrey Howard

Associate Professor in Political Theory

Jeffrey writes and teaches about a variety of topics in contemporary political and legal philosophy, especially concerning crime and punishment, freedom of expression, and counter-terrorism. 

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Dr Brian Klass


Brian is an expert on democracy, authoritarianism, US foreign policy, American politics more generally, political violence, and elections. 

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Dr Jonathan Monten

Lecturer in Political Science

Jonathan's research and teaching interests are in the areas of international relations, international security, and U.S. foreign policy. 

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Dr Julie Norman

Teaching Fellow in Politics & International Relations
Julie’s research lies at the intersection of human rights, security, and political activism in protracted conflicts, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

Dr Colin Provost 

Associate Professor in Public Policy

Much of Colin’s research has focused on regulation through litigation in the American states, specifically on the role of state attorneys general in enforcing state and federal laws in consumer protection, competition (antitrust) and finance.  

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