Faculty and Staff



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Carter Wilson

Department Head and Professor
Office 235 Gries Hall
Phone: (906)227-1502
Email: carwilso@nmu.edu
Interests: Public Policy, Civil Rights Policy, Economic Policy, and Public Administration

  • Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • M.A., Wayne State University
  • B.A., Wayne State University
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Jonathan Allen

Associate Professor
Office: 258 Gries Hall
Phone: (906)227-1815
Email: jonallen@nmu.edu
Interests: Introduction of Political Science, Politics and Film, and Political Theory

  • Ph.D., M.A., Princeton University
  • M.A., McGill University
  • M.A., B.A., Rand Afrikaans University
  • B.A., Stellenbosch University
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Brian D. Cherry

MPA Director
(Former Assistant Provost)

Office: 260 Gries Hall
Phone: (906)227-1823
Email: bcherry@nmu.edu
Interests: State and Local Government and Public Administration

  • Ph.D., Indiana State University
  • MPA, Indiana State University
  • B.S., University of Southern Indiana

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David Haynes


David S. Haynes

(Former President) 

148 Whitman Hall
Phone:  (906)227-1899
Email:  dhaynes@nmu.edu
Interests: Higher Education Administration and Public Administration 


  • J.D., Western Michigan University Law School
  • B.S., Northern Michigan University 

Petra Hendrickson 

Assistant Professor
Office: 263 Gries Hall
Phone: (906)227- 2093
Email: pehendri@nmu.edu 
Interests: Introduction to Political Science, Comparative Politics, and International Relations 

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University 
  • M.A., Michigan State University 
  • B.A., Indiana State University 
Ruth Watry

Ruth Watry

Director, Paralegal Studies

Office: 262 Gries Hall
Phone: (906)227-1824
Email: rwatry@nmu.edu
Interests: American Government, Constitutional Law, and Women and Politics

  • Ph.D., University of Delaware
  • M.A., Washington University
  • MBA, University of New Mexico
  • B.A., Mankato State University

Lara Clisch 

Principal Secretary 
Office: 200A Gries Hall
Phone: (906)227-2019 
Email: lclisch@nmu.edu