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Political Science

Ellen Seljan

Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair

J.R. Howard Hall

Ellen Seljan teaches courses on American politics, Congress, parties and interest groups, public policy, and research methods. Her research examines trends in public finance at the state and local levels of government. Her ongoing work analyzes the effects of fiscal institutions on state and local finances, as well as municipal tax capacity. She has published articles in State Politics and Policy Quarterly and the National Tax Journal. She previously taught at the University of South Carolina. 

Office Hours

Tuesdays 2pm-3pm; Wednesdays 11am-12pm; Thursday 12pm-1pm. Email or message on slack for additional appointments (encouraged & available daily!).


Fall 2020

POLS 201: Research Methods in Political Science

MWF 9:15-10:15am

Introduction to the methodological principles and issues in political science research, using readings within and beyond political science. Identifying variables and mechanisms, developing and testing theories, collecting and measuring data, and assessing a study’s ability to achieve causal inference. Introduction to different approaches to research, including experiments, case studies, and regression analysis. Strongly recommended for sophomores or juniors who have declared a POLS major, as this course is a prerequisite for thesis and some senior capstone courses.

Prerequisites: None.

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required

POLS 307: Government and the Economy

TTH 9:50-11:20am

A framework for analysis of the policy-making process. History, dynamics, and trends of major U.S. economic policies. The scope of American domestic policy; subsidies and aids to business, labor, agriculture, consumers; antitrust policy and the Federal Trade Commission; public-utility regulation; natural-resources policies; full employment; antipoverty and defense spending.

Prerequisites: None.

Academic Credentials

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


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Ellen Seljan Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair

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