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Dr. Charles D. Taylor

CPM Coordinator / Associate Professor of Political Science – Department of Political Science

Charles  teaches core courses in public personnel administration and public financial administration in the Master of Public Administration program at Ball State University. Prior to coming to Ball State in 2008, he spent five years at Clemson University where he was part of a team that consulted with local governments on a variety of issues. In addition to his academic experience, he worked 15 years in Missouri local government as an engineer and manager. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. in policy studies from Clemson University.

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Brad Gideon

Director of Legal Studies and Instructor – Department of Political Science

Brad teaches courses on topics of access to justice, civil and criminal litigation, election law, and legal writing.  Before joining the faculty at Ball State, he interned in the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts and worked as a political and legal consultant on political campaigns at the local, state , and national levels.  He received his B.S. in Political Science from Ball State and his  J.D. from New England School of Law in Boston, MA.

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Sean Hildebrand - Political Science

Dr. Sean Hildebrand

Assistant Professor – Department of Political Science

Sean teaches a wide array of courses in public administration, public policy and American politics along with managing internships for the department.  His research focuses on emergency management and homeland security policy implementation and expenditures at the federal, state, and local level and he has a wealth of experience in quantitative survey design and implementation.  Prior to coming to Ball State, he served in teaching positions at several universities, most recently at Kean University in New Jersey from 2012-2015.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2000 and Master of Public Administration in 2003 from the University of Delaware, as well as a Ph.D. in Public Administration in 2012 from North Carolina State University.

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Dr. Chad Kinsella

Assistant Professor – Department of Political Science

Chad focuses on teaching state and local government and public administration.  His research focuses primarily on electoral geography but he also examines state and local government, federalism, and pedagogy.  He received his Ph.D. in political science and his Master’s degree in geography from the University of Cincinnati.  He also holds a Master of Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University.  He has worked in the political and non-profit fields including at the Council of State Governments and for a member of Congress.

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Dr. Jeongyoon Lee

Assistant Professor – Department of Political Science

Jeongyoon teaches introduction to the public administration and administrative organization and management at Ball State.  She received her Ph.D. in public administration and policy from Rockefeller College at State University of New York at Albany.  Her research interests are in collaborative governance, state and local governments, non-profit organizations, environmental policy and regulations, comparative public administration, and application of social network analysis methods to the study of public administration and policy.

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Brandon Waite, Political Sci

Dr. Brandon Waite

Associate Professor – Department of Political Science

Brandon teaches core courses in the Master of Public Administration program at Ball State.  His research interests center on the nexus of technology and politics.  He received his Bachelor of Arts and his Master’s degree in political science from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.  He joined Ball State in 2008.

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Darren Wheeler, Political Science

Dr. Darren Wheeler

Associate Professor – Department of Political Science 

Darren earned his Ph.D. in political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2004 with a specialization in judicial politics.  He has taught at Ball State since 2009.  His teaching and research interests include judicial politics, the American presidency, terrorism and homeland security, and social media.  He is the author of Presidential Power in Action: Implementing Supreme Court Detainee Decisions (Palgrave-MacMillan,2008), Understanding and Using Social Media on College Campuses (Rowman & Littlefield 2016), and Congress and the War on Terror (Praeger, forthcoming 2018).  His current book project, Social Media and Student Affairs: Key Challenges and Best Practices in Higher Education, is under contract with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.  Dr. Wheeler is the Chair of the Political Science Department at Ball State.

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