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Faculty and Staff


The Department of Political Science at UNO stresses its instructional mission, while strongly fulfilling its research and service obligations. Our instructors have received Excellence in Teaching Awards, published books and articles, and regularly share their professional knowledge with the community.

Our award winning faculty is here to provide you with courses leading to Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Master of Science degrees.

Meet our faculty who will bring new insights to our courses in American government, Western European politics, Latin American politics, East Asian politics, Middle East politics, political theory, constitutional law, and international peace and conflict resolution.

Our courses introduce you to the world of American politics, to the principal ideas that have shaped the world, to the political life of other countries, and to the politics among nations. They prepare you for a wide variety of occupations, not solely in the realm of politics.

Randall E. Adkins, Ph.D.
Professor, Chair (on sabbatical Fall 2013)
Miami University

College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Research Award, 2013-2014
Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010, 2010
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Ralph Wardle Diamond Professor of Arts and Sciences, 2010
University of Nebraska at Omaha
College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007
UNO Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award, 2007
UNO Alumni Association


W. Meredith Bacon, Ph.D.
University of Denver

Curulis Award, 2008
UNO Student Government
Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006
Outstanding Organization Advisor, 2002
Student Organizations and Leadership Programs


Jonathan C. Benjamin-Alvarado, Ph.D.
University of Georgia

Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Arts and Sciences, 2012-2013
Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003
UNO Alumni Association









Elizabeth S. Dahl, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
American University





Carson L. Holloway, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Northern Illinois University

College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012-2013







Ramazan Kilinc, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Arizona State University

2012 Weber Paper Award
American Political Science Association
2013 Sage Paper Award
American Political Science Association





Paul M. Landow, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln






Jody L. Neathery-Castro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Rice University

Excellence in Service Award, 2011
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences Excellence inTeaching Award, 2007
Omicron Delta Kappa member, 2007
UNO Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007
Outstanding Faculty in Service Learning Award, 2001




Hon. Ben Nelson, M.A., J.D.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Former Governor of the State of Nebraska (1991-99)

Former United States Senator (2001-13)








Gregory A. Petrow, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of North Carolina








Emeriti Faculty

Loree G. Bykerk, Ph.D., Columbia University

Carl H. Camp, Ph.D., Washington University.

Joong-Gun Chung, Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School.

James B. Johnson, Ph.D., Northwestern University.

Kent A. Kirwan, Ph.D., University of Chicago.


Spring 2014 Adjunct Faculty

Edward A. Castro, MPA, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Lisa M. Cook-Piccolo, MS, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Richard M. Fellman, JD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jennifer B. Fulcher, MA, Univerisity of Nebraska-Omaha

Michael J. Goodwillie, JD, University of Iowa

Craig M. Martin, JD, Creighton Law School

Patrick T. McNamara, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Omaha

Nancy E. Nicas, MA, University of Kansas

Jill E. O'Donnell, MA, Johns Hopkins School of International Studies

Melissa S. Peterson, MS, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Roger A. Reestman, MA, University of Hawaii

Rhonda J. Saferstein, MS, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Michael C. Sullivan, MS, University of Nebraska-Omaha


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