Faculty

McKinzie Craig

McKinzie Craig

Assistant Professor

Dept: Political Science

740-376-4660

mcc018@marietta.edu

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

Name: Mark Schaefer

Title: Associate Professor and Chair

Department: Political Science

Education: 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

Research Interests: International Relations Theory, US Foreign Policy, and Emerging Powers

Recent Presentations: Emerging Power, Emerging Interests: The Case of India for the 2014 International Studies Association Annual Conference, Toronto, ON Canada

Courses (Fall 2014): American National Government, Middle East Politics, and Political Science Senior Capstone

Courses (Spring 2015): American National Government and International Relations

Phone: (740) 376-4801

Email: mes001@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

I like to ask a lot of questions. I like debate and disagreement. Students should be able to use the concepts and theories we study to make better decisions and understand the outputs of government.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

I like that MC classes allow me to work with each of our students to help them develop their critical thinking skills and become better writers.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Spending time with family, skateboarding in the park with my children, and playing loudly the bass guitar.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Books!

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

I like our classrooms, especially the seminar rooms. When I was earning my undergraduate degree I found myself in a lot of large classes. Rooms with 200 students were common. I still remember the first class I taught at MC. It had 10 students. At first I was intimidated, as even the professor can hide in a class of 200, but now it is our smaller classes that make my job so special.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

I am a big fan of finals week. Everyone is in a rush. All are busy. Research papers are being turned in and final exams are being taken. It is stressful and exciting. For me, it is a time to see if all of the semester’s work has paid off. I also love that sense of accomplishment that comes at the completion of hard work and the promise of next semester.

 


 

Michael E. Tager

Name: Michael Tager

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Political Science

Education: Ph.D. in Political Science, University of North Carolina, 1985; Master of Arts in Political Science, University of North Carolina, 1981; A.B. in Government, Cornell University, 1979.

Research Interests: U.S. politics (presidency and constitutional law); Comparative politics (institutions); Political theory (American political thought)

Recent Publications: “Expatriates and Elections,” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 15: 1 (2010/2006), 35-60.

“Constitutional Reform and the Presidency: The Recent Effort to Repeal the Natural Born Citizen Requirement,” Presidential Studies Quarterly 39: 1 (2009), 111-127.

Courses (Fall 2014): American National Government, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Ancient Political Thought

Courses (Spring 2015): American National Government, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Modern Political Thought, Governments of Russia and Eastern Europe

Phone: (740) 376-4898

Email: tagerm@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Students will learn about particular areas of politics, and sharpen their critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

The opportunity to work with students and read and talk about politics with them, and to watch students majoring in Political Science progress in their thinking over their undergraduate careers.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Doing political science research, riding my bike, swimming, traveling, reading crime/detective novels, watching movies or serial TV (e.g. Breaking Bad, The Wire, etc.)

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

A book.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

During springtime when the dogwood trees are blossoming, on the upper mall; otherwise on the first floor of the library.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Graduation