Holley E. Hansen

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

203 Murray Hall
Professional Website 

Research Interests

Ethnic & Communal Politics
Conflict & Conflict Mediation
Comparative Democracy
Technology & Teaching

PhD, University of Iowa, 2009

Dr. Hansen teaches a range of courses in comparative politics and international relations, including ethnic conflict, Russian and Central Asian politics, international organizations, and global economics. She has an avid interest in using technology in the classroom, helps manage the department's online and social media presence, and has conducted research comparing blog assignments to other written classwork in achieving teaching goals.  Related to this last project, she runs a blog in her free time, featuring news and analysis written by her and her current students.

Her research focuses on identity conflicts and conflict mediation, with an emphasis on how minority groups impact the political process in emerging democracies.  Her more recent work examines ethnic interactions and violence, including the relationship between ethniity and terrorism.  She is especially passionate about undergraduate research, and has acted as a research mentor and co-author to a number of Wentz Research Award recipients and other undergraduates pursuing independent research projects.

Recent Publications

  • Hansen, Holley E., Stephen C. Nemeth, and Jacob A. Mauslein. Forthcoming. Ethnic political exclusion and terrorism: Analyzing the local conditions for violence. Conflict Management and Peace Science.
  • Hansen, Holley E. 2015. The Impact of Blog-Style Writing on Student Learning Outcomes: A Pilot Study. The Journal of Political Science Education, 1-17.