Political Science Faculty
Ph.D., Duke University
Frank Alcock is a political scientist who teaches courses on world politics, international law, and sustainable development. His current research focuses on climate and energy politics, oceans governance, seafood markets and fisheries management. In addition to publications dealing with global fisheries' problems, he has co-authored articles on science-policy relationships in environmental issue areas with an emphasis on marine policies. He also serves as the Director of a new Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. he spent five years as an international policy analyst/economist at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Nat Colletta served as manager of the Post-Conflict Unit for the World Bank and is a prolific author on conflict resolution. Professor Colletta is interested in Policy Analysis, Strategic Planning, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation; Conflict Management and Post Conflict Reconstruction; Peace Building, and Security and Development.
Ph.D., Indiana University
Professor Fitzgerald specializes in American politics with a focus on political institutions (such as Congress and the presidency), and public policy. His teaching and research use theoretical, comparative, and historical approaches to examine how institutions and ideas shape peoples' collective lives. He is the author of Face of the Nation: Immigration, the State, and the National Identity. Professor Fitzgerald also served two terms in the Florida House of Representatives, representing parts of the Sarasota area from 2007 to 2010.
Ph.D., Indiana University
Professor Hicks joined the New College faculty in 2001. She teaches in the field of comparative politics and directs the program in International and Area Studies. Her courses cover the politics of Russia, China, Central and Eastern Europe, and the European Union. She also teaches the introductory course in Comparative Politics and an advanced seminar in Transitions to Democracy, both of which take a cross-regional approach. Her research interests center on social movements and democratization in the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and she has conducted research in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Ph.D., M.A., University of California, Davis
Professor Reilly teaches courses in American politics and political methodology. His research interests lie in the areas of political behavior, social networks, and political communication. In particular, he focuses on how communication barriers and differential levels of social connectedness affect the spread of political ideas through social networks and change the way individuals interact with the political and social contexts in which they are embedded.