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Dr. April Kelly-Woessner
 Professor and Department Chair | 717-361-1285

april kelly woesneer in front of her bookshelvesApril Kelly-Woessner is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies at Elizabethtown College.  She is also Director of the Masters in Public Policy program and a correspondent for the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal. Dr. Kelly-Woessner received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University, specializing in public opinion, mass behavior, and political psychology.

Dr. Kelly-Woessner's research explores the intersection of politics and higher education.  For example, her book (with Stanley Rothman and Matthew Woessner), The Still Divided Academy: How Competing Visions of Power Politics and Diversity Complicate the Mission of Higher Education (Rowman and LIttlefield, 2011) examines the role of students, faculty and administrators in shaping political dialog on campus.  She has published a number of articles on politics in higher education, which have appeared in The Journal of Political Science Education, PS: Political Science and Politics, and as chapters in edited volumes.  Most recently, her research examines the decline in political tolerance among America's youth.   

Professor Kelly-Woessner's previous research has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Science Magazine. Her opinion editorials have appeared in The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and The Harrisburg Patriot News.


Dr. Oya Dursun-Özkanca,
Associate Professor of Political Science | 717-361-4749 | Personal Website

Oya Dursun-Ozkance in front of her bookshelvesDr. Oya Dursun-Özkanca, a native of Turkey, is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Legal Studies, and the Director of the International Studies Minor at Elizabethtown College. Dr. Dursun- Özkanca received her BA in Political Science and International Relations at Bosphorus Universirty in Istanbul, and MA and PhD in Government at University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include Turkish foreign policy, transatlantic security, European politics, the Balkans, and peacebuilding missions. She is the author of a number of scholarly articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as Civil Wars, European Security, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, and Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center Journal of International, and various edited volumes. In 2012, Dursun-Ozkanca served as a guest editor of a European Security journal special issue, titled “The EU and Security Sector Reform Practices: Challenges of Implementation”; and as a guest co-editor of a Civil Wars journal special issue with Dr. Stefan Wolff, titled “Assessing Regional and International Organizations’ Interventions in Civil Wars: Capabilities and Context”. In summer 2013, she served as a LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, and conducted fieldwork in Serbia and Bosnia on Turkish foreign policy in the Balkans. Her first co-authored book, External Interventions in Civil Wars: The Role and Impact of Regional and International Organisations, has been published by Routledge in July 2013. She also published a second edited book, The European Union as an Actor in Security Sector Reform: Current Practices and Challenges of Implementation with Routledge in September 2013.


Dr. E. Fletcher McClellan
Dean of Faculty and Professor of Political Science | 717-361-1304 | Faculty Website

Fletcher McClellanDr. Fletcher McClellan is Dean of Faculty and Professor of Political Science. Before his appointment as Dean in 2010, he was Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty on two occasions, Associate Dean of Faculty, and President of the Faculty Assembly. He chaired the political science department in 2001-06 and 2008-10. His areas of scholarly interest are American political institutions, public administration, and public policy. He has delivered dozens of scholarly papers on a variety of topics, ranging from the modern US presidency to US policy toward Native Americans. Currently, he teaches the department's Senior Seminar. In addition, he promotes the scholarship of teaching and learning in the discipline, having authored a book chapter on the history of outcomes assessment in political science, conducted workshops on assessment, and served as outside evaluator for several institutions. He serves on the Executive Council of the Political Science Education section of the American Political Science Association and was program chair for the section at the 2010 APSA annual meeting.


Dr. Kyle C. Kopko
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Pre-Law Program | 717-361-1990 | Personal Website 

dr. kyle kopko in front of his framed diplomaKyle C. Kopko received his Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University in 2010, with a specialization in judicial politics and constitutional law. Dr. Kopko serves as the Director of the Pre-Law Program at Elizabethtown College. His teaching and research interests include American politics, election law, constitutional law, judicial behavior, political psychology, and religion & politics. Dr. Kopko has published articles in Election Law Journal, Judicature, Political Behavior, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. Dr. Kopko also graduated with honors from Elizabethtown College in 2005.

Dr. Kopko on C-SPAN and the New York Times


Dr. Wayne A. Selcher
Professor of International Studies Emeritus | 717-361-1308 | Personal Website | Virtual Library

wayne selcher in front of his bookshelvesWayne A. Selcher graduated from Lebanon Valley College (B.A., Spanish) and the University of Florida (M.A., Latin American Studies and Ph.D., Political Science). From 1969 to May 2007 he taught at Elizabethtown College, where he was chair of the Department of Political Science from 1970 to 1996 and held an endowed chair as Professor of International Studies from 1984 to 2007. He retired in May 2007, but teaches occasionally as an adjunct professor and helps advance the College's international connections, especially with Latin America. His major academic interests are international relations, Latin American politics and foreign policy, American foreign policy, American values and culture in a comparative context, and Internet use in international studies teaching and research. He is the creator, editor, and maintainer of the WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources, part of the WWW Virtual Library system.


Dr. Dan Chen 
Assistant Professor of Political Science & Asian Studies| 717-361-4768

Dan Chen

Dan Chen is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College. Dr. Chen received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Kansas in 2014, MA in political science from Marquette University in 2010, and BA in International Politics from the University of International Relations in Beijing in 2008. Her research interests are media politics, public opinion, Chinese politics, and authoritarian durability. Currently she uses field and online experiments, surveys, and ethnographic fieldwork to understand the political origin and behavioral consequence of media criticism and propaganda effects on political support. Some of her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The China Quarterly, Journal of East Asian Studies, Modern China, and edited volumes.

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