Western Illinois University Department of Political Science Chair Keith Boeckelman (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1990)(309) 298-1055[email protected] Research interests: Public policy, public administration, and state and local government (with particular expertise on state and local government policy issues, especially in the areas of economic development and environmental policies). Co-author of the 2007 book "Barack Obama, The New Face of American Politics" (Praeger Press); journal articles have appeared in Policy Studies Journal; State and Local Government Review; Journal of Black Studies; Economic Development Quarterly; Publius: The Journal of Federalism; Polity; and Southeastern Political Review. Western Illinois University Department of Political Science Professor and Director of Public Leadership and Outreach Janna Deitz (Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2004)(309) 298-1055[email protected] Research interests: Women in politics, legislative politics, and congressional elections. Selected for the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship (2011-2012); Deitz worked with the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University to secure Western Illinois University's designation as the "Ready to Run®" host institution for Illinois (more information at www.wiu.edu/provost/ready_to_run/; the next candidate training will be in 2017). Coordinator of WIU in D.C. Student Internship program (see www.wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=12485).