Kavita Khory

Chair of Politics and International Relations; Professor of Politics

Kavita Khory’s current research explores transnational political mobilization among South Asian diaspora populations in North America and Europe. Locating contemporary forms of migration from South Asia in broader historical and theoretical contexts, Khory’s work focuses on transnational forms of activism and political violence involving diaspora organizations with ties to India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Khory regularly teaches courses on world politics, international security, ethnic conflict, propaganda and war, South Asia, and migration.

Kavita Khory

Douglas J. Amy

Professor of Politics

Douglas Amy is a leading expert on electoral voting systems, including proportional representation, redistricting issues in the United States, and the plight of third party candidacies.

Professor Douglas Amy

Ali Aslam

Visiting Lecturer of Politics

Calvin Chen

Associate Professor of Politics
Calvin Chen, Luce Associate Professor of Politics

Kim Yi Dionne (leave spring)

Five College Assistant Professor of Government

Cora Fernandez Anderson

Assistant Professor of Politics

Cora Fernandez Anderson’s research explores social mobilization as a possible path towards social change. She has conducted research on human rights movements demanding justice for human rights abuses and their role in the implementation of accountability mechanisms. She is currently researching abortion reform in the Southern Cone focusing on the role of women’s movements and their impact on government policy. She teaches courses on Latin American politics, theories of social movements, human rights movements and sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America.

Cora Fernandez Anderson

Bernard Forjwuor

Mount Holyoke College Fellow and Visiting Lecturer of Politics

Adam Hilton

Visiting Lecturer in Politics

Elizabeth K. Markovits

Associate Professor of Politics; Director of First-Year Seminars; Director of the Teaching and Learning Initiative

Elizabeth Markovits teaches courses in political theory, ranging from ancient Greek thought to contemporary feminist and democratic theory. She is the author of The Politics of Sincerity: Frank Speech, Plato, and Democratic Judgment. She has published articles on Greek comedy and tragedy, and on women, carework, and democracy in the contemporary United States. Her current research focuses on problems of intergenerational justice in contemporary democratic theory and ancient Greek literature, as well as the intersections between citizenship, art, and responsibility.

Christopher Mitchell

Assistant Professor of International Relations and Politics

Christopher H. Pyle

Class of 1926 Professor of Politics

Chris Pyle is a teacher, scholar, and political activist whose interests range across history, law, and politics, with an emphasis on civil liberties. He currently teaches courses on constitutional law, civil liberties, American politics, American political thought, and decision making in complex organizations.

Andrew G. Reiter

Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations

Andrew G. Reiter’s teaching and research focus on conflict resolution, post-conflict peacebuilding, and transitional justice. Broadly, he aims to understand how societies can end political violence, maintain peace, and recover from past atrocities. He has published widely on these topics and is the author of Fighting Over Peace: Spoilers, Peace Agreements, and the Strategic Use of Violence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and co-author of Transitional Justice in Balance: Comparing Processes, Weighing Efficacy (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2010).

Andrew G. Reiter Assistant Professor of Politics

Preston H. Smith II

Chair of Africana Studies; Professor of Politics

Preston H. Smith II regularly teaches courses on Urban Policy, Black Migrations, Black Metropolis, and American Politics. He received a Whiting fellowship to study race and social housing in the Netherlands. His research interests include class and African-American politics, neoliberalism, and urban policy, and affordable housing policy. He is the author of Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis: Housing Policy in Postwar Chicago as well as numerous articles and book chapters.


Linda Chesky Fernandes

Department Coordinator
Linda Chesky Fernandes