McKinzie Craig

McKinzie Craig

Assistant Professor

Dept: Political Science



Office: THMS 315

Degrees: Ph.D. in Political Science (Texas A&M University), 2012; Master of Science in Political Science (University of North Texas), 2007; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (University of North Texas), 2005

Year appointed: 2012

Dr. Craig teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Judicial Politics, and American politics. She also teaches and advises the Moot Court team. Her research interests include law and Supreme Court precedent, American institutions, and separation of powers. Her research has been funded by multiple organization including the National Science Foundation and the American Association of University Women.



Mark Schaefer

Mark Schaefer

Chair of the Department of Political Science

Dept: Political Science




Office: THMS 314

Degrees: Ph.D. in Political Science (West Virginia University), 2005; Master of Arts in Political Science (West Virginia University), 2003; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (West Virginia University), 1999

Year appointed: 2005

Dr. Schaefer has been at Marietta College since 2005. He teaches courses in International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, and International Political Economy. Some of his course offerings include: Issues in International Politics, American Foreign Policy, Political Systems of Developing Nations, International Political Economy, the Politics of War and Peace, and Middle East Politics.

Dr Schaefer's research interests are in American grand strategy, alliances, and the causes of war. His current research deals with emerging powers, specifically the BRICS states. Dr. Schaefer is a co-sponsor of the Model United Nations team. He is also the coordinator of the Pizza and Politics program, which brings campus and community members together to discuss current events and special issues.



Michael E. Tager

Michael E. Tager

Associate Professor of Political Science

Dept: Political Science




Office: Thomas, 308

Degrees: Ph.D. in Political Science (North Carolina), 1985; Master's in Political Science (North Carolina), 1981; Bachelor's in Government (Cornell), 1979

Year appointed: 1995

Mike Tager is an associate professor of political science who began teaching at Marietta in 1995. He has taught a variety of courses in the areas of U.S. Politics, Constitutional Law, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and International Relations. He advises the Model U.N. Club and Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honor society), edits the political science newsletter "Happenings," and serves as faculty liaison for the Washington Semester Program at American University."

He received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985, and an A.B. in government from Cornell University in 1979. He started teaching full-time as an assistant professor at Queens College from 1985-1989, and then held the same position at Belmont Abbey College from 1989-1995.

His articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including The Social Science Journal, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Critique, Corruption and Reform, Criticism, The Journal of the History of Ideas, Midwest Quarterly, Studies in the Humanities, and (forthcoming) Disapora: A Journal of Transnational Studies. He received a Post-Secondary Curriculum Development grant from the University of Michigan Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies in the summer of 2009, and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to attend a summer seminar on Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Notre Dame in 1991.