Faculty & Staff

Dr. Laurette Liesen
Department Chair, Professor

1996 Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago
1989 M.A., Loyola University, Chicago
1987 B.A., Loyola University, Chicago

Dr. Liesen teaches courses in American government, political theory and public policy. Her research interests include political philosophy, evolutionary theory and feminism.

Dr. Steven Nawara
Assistant Professor

2011 Ph.D., The Ohio State University
2009 MA, The Ohio State University
2006 BA, Ball State University

Dr. Nawara's research interests include political behavior, public opinion, and political parties.  He is the moderator for the Lewis University's Alpha Delta Gamma chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. He has taught classes in American Government, political parties, interest groups, media, Congress, research methods, campaigns and elections, American foreign policy, and political scandals.

Dr. Justin Delacour
Assistant Professor

B.A. in history, University of Oregon, 1995
M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of New Mexico, 2002
PhD in political science, University of New Mexico, 2014

Dr. Delacour’s teaching and research interests include U.S. foreign policy, media and politics, international relations theory, Latin American politics, international political economy, comparative political economy, U.S. political economy, comparative politics, American politics, and public policy.

Dr. Sara Reed
Adjunct Professor

Dr. Reed’s area of expertise is public policy and public administration, and she teaches a series of courses on the policy making process, public finance, and various policy issues.

Dr. Joseph Gaziano
Retired Professor

Mr. Thomas Dudgeon

Mr. Dudgeon is an attorney and retired judge who teaches a series of courses on constitutional law and judicial politics.  

Ms. Michele Latta
Department Secretary
Benilde Hall BE-104
(815) 836-5162