The faculty political scientists of Elmhurst College are top-notch professionals with wide-ranging areas of expertise, representing an excellent cross-section of diverse fields of study. Approachable and energetic, our faculty love to teach—in a friendly environment where they can work with their students as individuals.
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Constance A. Mixon
Associate Professor of Political Science; Director of the Urban Studies Program
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Mixon teaches courses in American government, state and local government, urban politics, public administration and public policy. She has received the American Political Science Association's Phi Sigma Alpha Teaching Award, and in 2001 was named the Illinois Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Dr. Mixon frequently provides political analysis and commentary for Chicago media outlets including the Chicago Sun-Times, WGN, NBC and WYCC. She co-edited (with Dick Simpson) 21st Century Chicago (Cognella Publishing, 2011), an anthology of essential readings on Chicago politics and policies.
Teri J. Walker
Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair
Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
Dr. Walker teaches courses in American government and politics, constitutional law, public law, the Presidency and Congress, and public policy with an emphasis on environmental policy. She has published articles in The Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy; Politics and Policy; the Journal of Political Science Education; and the Justice Policy Journal; and served as co-editor of the Illinois Political Science Review (2006-2011).
Mary B. Walsh
Associate Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
Dr. Walsh teaches courses on ancient, modern and post-modern political philosophy; early American political thought; feminist political philosophy; and political justice. In addition to co-teaching Mock Trial, Dr. Walsh moderates Pi Sigma Alpha. Her research focuses on liberal and feminist political philosophy and has been published in several journals, including The Review of Politics; Polity; The Journal of Women, Politics and Policy; and Hypatia.