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Butler University Bulletin

Political Science


Margaret A. Brabant, professor of political science, PhD, Department Chair


  • Terri R. Jett, PhD
  • Siobhan McEvoy-Levy, PhD

Associate Professors

  • Su-Mei Ooi, PhD
  • Robin Turner, PhD

Assistant Professor

  • Gregory Shufeldt, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor

  • Shyam Sriram, PhD

Professors Emeriti

  • Craig Auchter, PhD
  • Margaret A. Brabant, PhD
  • Dave Mason, PhD

Department Website

Why Study Political Science?

The faculty members of the Political Science Department at Butler University see our discipline as connected to the liberal arts, which are about studying and understanding ourselves, other peoples, and different ways of being and knowing, as well as about developing tolerance and empathy, and learning to use evidence and think critically. As political scientists, we seek to understand the causes of wars, social injustices, economic disparities, and uneven technological growth, for the purpose of alleviating suffering.

Because a liberal arts education encourages an activist disposition, we look for ways to address problems such as world poverty, inadequate healthcare, educational disparities between neighboring communities, and environmental degradation, and seek nonviolent solutions to human rights violations worldwide. The department deliberately challenges systems, institutions, and leaders that dehumanize, marginalize, and oppress any persons and other living beings. We seek to engage in intellectual practices that provide sustainable solutions for the betterment of all.

Why Study Political Science at Butler?

The department is committed to teaching students how to effect positive social change. In practicing citizenship skills that include empathetic listening, moral reasoning, personal responsibility, and a greater awareness of one’s responsibility to the human polity, our students develop as active and engaged citizens at the local, national, and international levels. We offer courses that include service learning and community-based research, encourage students to accept responsibility for their learning, and recognize that knowledge may be obtained from a variety of different people and situations.

Political Science Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and differentiate various political movements, structures, and institutions in the United States and other countries
  • Differentiate and make connections between theory and practice, between global and local events, and between political science and other disciplines
  • Demonstrate an awareness of different cultures and their effect on domestic and international affairs
  • Demonstrate leadership and collaborative skills through active engagement in service learning and internships
  • Apply research and communication techniques effectively
  • Value the fundamental importance of one’s membership in the human polity, emphasizing citizenship and political community

Degree Programs

  • Major in Political Science (BA)
  • Minor in Political Science