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Donavan, Janet L. Senior Instructor


Research Areas research areas



  • American Political Thought, Political Science Teaching and Learning,


courses taught

  • PSCI 1101 - Introduction to American Politics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Emphasizes interrelations among levels and branches of government, formal and informal institutions, processes, and behavior.
  • PSCI 3021 - U.S. Campaigns and Elections
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2021
    Introduces students to the subjects, techniques, and findings of Political Science research on campaigns and elections. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of voting, campaign effects, partisan coalitions, electoral rules, campaign finance, and the policy impact of elections. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101.
  • PSCI 3054 - American Political Thought
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021
    Highlights the development of American political theories and ideas from colonial period to present. Can also be taken for American field credit. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 2004.
  • PSCI 3211 - The Politics of Economic Inequality in the United States
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2021
    Explores empirical and normative origins and current state of economic inequality in the United States from a political science perspective. Evaluates how ideas about democracy and public policy address economic inequality, including the roles of gender, race and class in inequality. Examines the relationship between economic inequality and political inequality in both political behavior and political institutions.
  • PSCI 4341 - Media and Politics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Examines aspects of political communication as it applies to citizens, political decision makers, and specific public policies. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101.
  • PSCI 4715 - Honors Political Science Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Involves writing and discussion of selected topics in political science. Critically reviews the major methodological and conceptual features of the discipline. Students begin their honors papers in the seminar. Department enforced prerequisite: minimum 3.3 GPA. Generally offered in fall term only.
  • PSCI 4725 - Political Science Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Involves writing an honors thesis. Formerly PSCI 4008.
  • PSCI 4938 - Internship in Government
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    With instructor's assistance, students secure an internship with a political or governmental organization. In addition to the internship, the class consists of regular seminars, course readings and assignments, and individual conferences with the instructor. Student pursues an academic research project and writes an original research paper. Instructor approval required in semester preceding internship. Contact instructor prior to early registration. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.


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