Emeritus Faculty


Bob Darcy, Ph.D.

Professor

Contact Information
bob.darcy@okstate.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
American Government
Elections and Voting
Women in Politics
Oklahoma Politics
Research Methods

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bdarcy-webBob Darcy taught Political Science and Statistics at Oklahoma State University from 1977 through 2010. In 1991 he was made Regents Professor. He has been visiting professor at Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, China, Tel Aviv University in Israel, Keele University in England, Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, University College Galway, University of New South Wales Canberra, Academy of Korean Studies Seoul, Nagpur University India, and the Universities of Connecticut and New Orleans. He lectured at universities and institutions in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America.

He specializes in elections. He is author or co-author of Women Elections & Representation, A Guide to Quantitative History, The Oklahoma Women's Almanac and more than ninety published academic articles. He has also published fiction. Current research includes Oklahoma and the Legal Struggle For Civil Rights 1890 – 1954 and Formal Electoral Modeling (with Mark Payton).

Bob Darcy co-authored the first research to demonstrate women compete equally with similar men candidates. He co-authored a Markov model showing it will take decades for women to replace male incumbents unless incumbent power is reduced. He also pioneered in showing the impact of ballot design on voter choice.

Darcy has been appointed to Oklahoma commissions dealing with judicial selection and women's issues and has served as an expert on elections and racial disparities for attorneys general in the Federal courts of six states. He was elected Chair of the Arts and Sciences Faculty Council, Chair of the OSU General Faculty and twice chair of OSU's AAUP chapter. He was honored with OSU's Sigma Xi Lectureship, the Oklahoma Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award, a Commendation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives and was made Keele University's (England) Bruce Fellow. He served the Oklahoma Political Science Association as President and Editor of Oklahoma Politics. The Association named him Outstanding Oklahoma Political Scientist in 1993 and named a service award for him. The National Association of Commissions for Women twice presented its Outstanding Achievement Award for work Darcy co-authored. Darcy's biography is in Who's Who in America. His degrees are from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Kentucky.

He is married to Lynne Murnane. They have two daughters, Mary and Catherine, and four grandchildren, Éamonn, Ruairí, Malachy and Fionnuala. Darcy is a citizen of the European Union (Ireland) and the United States. He served in the U.S. Army 1966-8 reached the rank Specialist-5 and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.

James Davis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Information
211Murray Hall
(405) 744-5591
jim.davis@okstate.edu
Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

American Politics
Presidency
Parties and Interest Groups
Applied Politics

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JDavisPh.D., Political Science, Miami (Ohio) University

Robert England, Ph.D.

Professor

Contact Information
bob.england@okstate.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
Fire & Emergency Management Administration
Urban Management and Politics
Human Resource Management
Active and Passive Representation

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Ph.D., The University of Oklahoma

Will Focht, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Information
will.focht@okstate.edu
Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Fire & Emergency Management
Water Sustainability
Environmental Science 

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Focht
Ph.D., Environmental Science, Oklahoma State University, 1995
 
Dr. Focht was an associate professor of political science at Oklahoma State University. He served as the director of the Graduate Program in Fire and Emergency Management Administration, which awards both MS and PhD degrees. He is one of the five founding faculty members of this program.

Previous Positions
From August 2002 until August 2011, he worked in OSU's administration as director of these four programs:

    • Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute. OWRRI is one of 54 state and territorial water research institutes in the United States created by federal law in 1964. Each institute is charged with sponsoring water research and education that serves the host State's needs. The funds to provide these services are provided by Congress through the US Geological Survey.
    • Institute for Sustainable Environments. ISE was a program housed with OSU's Division of Research and Technology Transfer. Dr. Focht managed a competitive interdisciplinary research program aimed at sustainable development. ISE sponsored annual competitions among OSU inter-college research teams to receive funding for the development of research proposals to submit to external funding agencies.
    • Environmental Science Graduate Program. This 36-year old interdisciplinary program is housed within the Graduate College. The program awards both MS and PhD degrees and offers courses at both the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses. As Director, he revised and expanded its curriculum to include five specializations, grew its enrollment, assembled an external advisory board, created an alumni association, revitalized its student association, sponsored several awards (teaching, research and service) and instituted an annual awards ceremony, and standardized its policies and procedures.
    • Certificate Program in Environmental Studies. This undergraduate program is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences. The program enrollment grew from zero to more than 40 during Dr. Focht's tenure as director.

From 1997-2002, he was an assistant professor of political science focusing on environmental policy. From 1994-1997, he was an assistant professor of geology focusing on hydrogeology and environmental risk assessment.

Before joining the faculty at OSU, he worked nine years as an environmental engineer for the US Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, DC in its water, hazardous waste, and Superfund programs. He also worked eight years for environmental consulting firms based in Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida.

Professional Service
His professional service has included leadership positions in various environmental organizations. He was elected President of the National Institutes for Water Resources, the national organization of state and territorial water research institutes, from 2009-10, as well as an officer on its Board of Directors from 2008-11. He was a member of the national Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and served as chair of its Curriculum Committee, which led a four-year study of US environmental program curricula that identified sustainable development at the human-nature interface as a core mission of the field. He also served as co-chair of the environmental education working group sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association, which conducted workshops across the country on interdisciplinary environmental curricula. He served as an associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, the flagship journal in the interdisciplinary environmental field, and is now a member of its Editorial Board.

He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals (including a year on its Executive Committee), which sponsors public Town Hall meetings to formulate policy recommendations that are delivered to the Oklahoma Governor and Legislature. Finally, he is a graduate of Class XXI of Leadership Oklahoma.

Academic Background
Dr. Focht holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Ohio University, where he also completed two years of post-graduate study in Microbiology. He then earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Finally, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University.

Teaching
Dr. Focht has taught graduate courses at OSU in public policy analysis, public program evaluation, environmental risk analysis, emergency and disaster risk analysis, conservation and sustainable development, environmental law and regulation, safety regulation, community relations, and pedagogy. His undergraduate courses have included public policy, American government, and introduction to geology. He also taught an environmental and safety regulation course at the University of Oklahoma's campus in Tulsa.
He has taught graduate courses and seminars at several international venues as well, including the National Fire Academy in Cheonan, Korea; Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey; Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai, Thailand; and various locations in Costa Rica.

Research
His research has focused on interdisciplinary education, watershed management, risk assessment, and stakeholder involvement in decision-making that involves risk to human health and the environment. His research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Geological Survey, US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Defense, National Council for Science and the Environment, Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium, and Oklahoma Water Resources Board. He has delivered presentations concerning his research at professional conferences in Norway, England, Venezuela, Brazil, Korea, Canada, and throughout the U.S. He has co-authored a book on public participation and published journal articles and book chapters on topics related to his research.

Personal
He was born in Dayton, Ohio and graduated in 1969 from Woodrow Wilson High School at the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphan's home in Xenia, Ohio. His interests/hobbies include running, wine, piano, and philosophy.

Recent Publications

    • Mike Reiter, Will Focht, Paul Barresi, Susan Gill, Richard Smardon, Susan Baker, Kimberly Reiter, Eric Fitch, Terry Rolfe, and Sue Bumpous. "Making Education for Sustainability Work on Campus: The proposals of the Roundtable on Environmental Systems and Sustainability." In Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons, ed. Walter Leal. Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang Scientific Publishers.

Bert Hanson, Ph.D.

Professor

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Joel Jenswold, Ph.D.

Professor

Contact Information
joel.jenswold@okstate.edu

Research Interests
Post-Soviet Russia and Central Asia
International Law
International Relations
Comparative Politics

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joel jenswoldPh.D., University of Kansas

In addition to serving on the faculty of the Department of Political Science for 28 years, Joel M. Jenswold is the former Director of Academic Programs for the School of International Studies and was the Humphreys Chair in International Studies.  He directed the Masters' program and undergraduate minor option for the International Studies program.  

A specialist in Soviet and post-Soviet politics, Dr. Jenswold taught courses in comparative politics, political theory, international law, and international relations.  He won college- and university-level teaching awards.  His published work includes political aspects of media, international leases, post-Soviet political and economic transformation, and regional politics and security.  

A lifelong proponent of interdisciplinary approaches, Dr. Jenswold regularly taught in the Honors College in addition to his classes in Political Science and the International Studies programs.

James Lawler, Ph.D.

Professor

Contact Information
219 Murray Hall
(405) 744-2641
james.lawler@okstate.edu
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Harold Sare, Ph.D.

Professor

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