Ellen Seljan

Ellen Seljan

Professor of Political Science

John R. Howard Hall 331, MSC: 12
Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday 11:30AM - 01:00PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays Alternate Check Google Calendar or by appointment

Ellen Seljan teaches courses in American politics, public policy, research methods, and data science. Her research is in the field of state and local politics, spanning the policy domains of fiscal institutions and election administration. Previous work on fiscal institutions includes analysis of tax and expenditure limits, supermajority requirements to raise taxes, and assessment districting. Her research on election administration has examined campaign finance enforcement and the effect of automatic voter registration laws.

Academic Credentials

PhD in Political Science, University of California, San Diego (2010), BA, Drew University (2004)


Spring 2024 Courses:

POLS 346: State and Local Politics 

MWF 10:20AM - 11:20AM

Examination of the operation of state and local governments. Using a comparative methodology, students will gain an understanding of how differences in political institutions among state and local governments substantially affect policy outcomes. The course will also examine how state and local politics and policymaking both complement and interact with the federal layer of government.

Prerequisites: POLS 102 or POLS 201.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.

POLS-400: Senior Thesis

Choosing a definitive topic and narrowing it; developing a research design, doing the research, submitting drafts, revising drafts, polishing final copy. Presenting thesis to political science faculty and seniors for critique, rewrite of thesis. Final form due at end of semester. Normally taken for 2 credits in both fall and spring semesters of senior year for a total of 4 credits. A deferred grade will be issued for the first semester of the yearlong series. When the full sequence is completed, the given grade applies to both semesters.

Prerequisites: POLS-102, POLS-103, & POLS-201
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required

Location: J.R. Howard Hall