Political Science


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Delia Popescu

Associate Professor
Director of the Legal Studies Program
Director of Peace and Global Studies
427 Reilly Hall
315-445-4490 (office)

Ph.D. Political Science, University of Colorado, Boulder
Fields: Political Theory, Comparative Politics, International Relations
M.A. University of Colorado, Boulder Political Science
B.A. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Summa Cum Laude, and with University Honors (4.0 GPA)
Major: Political Science | Minor: Italian
Romanian-American University, Bucharest, Romania Law School

General Interests: Political philosophy; Comparative Political Theory; Eastern European political theory as it relates to dissidence, resistance, totalitarianism and political ideology; Vaclav Havel’s political thought. Most recent book: Political Action in Vaclav Havel's Thought: The Responsibility of Resistance  Download Popescu's complete C.V.

Matthew Loveland

Associate Professor
437 Reilly Hall

Ph.D. The University of Notre Dame

Matthew Loveland holds a Ph.D. in sociology from The University of Notre Dame. He teaches courses in research methods, public opinion, inequality, and community engagement. He has published in a number of academic journals, and won the paper award from the American Sociological Association's section on religion for his paper "Befriending the 'other': Patterns of social ties between the religious and non-religious," coauthored with Nicholas Vargas. He is currently studying and writing about inequality and its affects on community building and political involvement.

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Bruce Shefrin

Associate Professor
Director of the Internship Program
430 Reilly Hall

Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
M.A. City University of New York, City College
B.A. City University of New York, City College

American National Politics
State and Local Government
Public Administration
Public Policy


James T. Snyder, Esq.

3+3 Law School Program Coordinator
Visiting Assistant Professor
432 Reilly Hall
Office hours: Tuesdays, 5:15-6:00 p.m.
J.D. Albany Law School of Union University
A.B. Colgate University
Phi Beta Kappa

Mr. Snyder is a partner with Greene & Reid, PLLC, in Syracuse, where he concentrates in personal injury and consumer rights litigation, trial and appellate practice, and class actions. Previously, he was a speechwriter, Senior Staff member, and an Assistant Counsel to Governor Mario M. Cuomo of the State of New York, and a senior trial attorney with the Legal Aid Society of the City of New York, in the Criminal Defense Division. For 20 years, he was an adjunct professor in the Legal Studies Program at Syracuse University, teaching litigation and civil practice, tort law, and alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Snyder founded and directs the Franciscan Legal Referral Clinic in Syracuse and has served on several boards, including the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, Aurora of Central New York, and the Hiscock Legal Aid Society.


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Anirban Acharya

Adjunct Instructor
215 Grewen Hall

B.A., M.A. Jadavpur University
M.Phil. Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
M.A. Syracuse University
Doctoral studies, A.B.D. Syracuse University

Research Methods
International Politics
American National Politics
American Presidency

Areas of Specialization and Interest: Research Methods, International Relations, Political Theory, Game Theory, Microeconomic Theory, Comparative Politics, American Politics, International Political Economy, Globalization, Theories of Development, Econometrics

 Area Expertise: South Asia



Cort Ruddy

Adjunct Professor
B.A. SUNY Plattsburgh
M.S. Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Public Communications
M.A. Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Cort Ruddy is a partner at PCPA, a full-service public relations and public affairs firm based in Albany, where he puts a decade and a half of experience in journalism, politics and public relations to work for clients.

Mr. Ruddy began his career covering politics as the deputy managing editor for National Journal’s Hotline in Washington, D.C. He made the jump to politics to become the speechwriter for U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Upon his return to Central New York, Mr. Ruddy spent five years as the chief of staff and communications director for State Senator David J. Valesky. In that time, he also served communications director and campaign manager for Senator Valesky’s re-elections campaigns, and the same role for the successful election and re-election of State Sen. Darrel Aubertine. Prior to joining PCPA, Mr. Ruddy worked as V.P. of Communications and Upstate Director for Red Horse Strategies, where he consulted and director communications effort for scores of campaigns across New York State.

Throughout his career, Mr. Ruddy has worked at the intersection of media and campaign politics: first as a reporter covering politics, then as a communications director, on-the-record spokesperson and consultant for high-profile campaigns. 


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Susan Behuniak - Emerita

Ph.D. in Political Science, SUNY at Albany, 1985.
M.A. in Political Science, SUNY at Albany, 1980.
B.A. in Mass Communications, St. Bonaventure University, 1978.

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J. Barron Boyd - Emeritus

Ph.D., University of South Carolina
M.A., B.A., Rhodes College

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John Freie - Emeritus

Ph.D., University of Missouri
M.A., Miami University (Ohio)
B.A., University of Northern Iowa

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Charles Pulver - Emeritus

M.S., Syracuse University
B.A., Le Moyne College