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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.

Want to know more? See our faculty profiles, below. Or, contact a professor directly.

Jennifer R. Boyle
Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Boyle teaches courses on international relations, comparative politics, European Union, politics of developing nations, international organizations, international political economy and American foreign policy. She received the College's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005. Her book, Conditional Leadership: The European Commission and European Regional Policy (Lexington Books, 2006) analyzes the role of the European Commission in European integration.

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 teh 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
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 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 though; 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 and The Journal of Women, Politics and Policy.

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