Faculty Overview

The Political Science department at UIS is home to a team of full time, visiting and associated faculty members. Their collective research and experience runs the gamut of subjects including International Politics, Political Theory and Philosophy, Legislative Studies and Public Affairs Reporting.

Browse the list below to learn more about our faculty and their specialties.


Dr. Adriana Crocker
Co-Director of the Global Studies Program

Professor of Political Science

Email: acroc2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-8329
Office: PAC 368

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Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky
Professor of Political Science

Email: rgilm3@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-8328
Office: PAC 362

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Dr. Ali Nizamuddin
Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: aniza2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-8424
Office: PAC 364

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Dr. Sibel Oktay

Co-Director of the Global Studies Program

Assistant Professor of Political Science & Global Studies

Email: sibelo@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7835
Office: PAC 354

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Dr. Jason Pierceson 
Professor of Political Science

Email: jpier2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7842
Office: PAC 360

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Dr. Kent Redfield
Professor of Political Science – Emeritus
Institute for Legal, Legislative & Policy Studies

Email: kredf1@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 971-8691

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Roberto Rincon
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Email: rrinco4@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-6573
Office: PAC 366

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Dr. John Transue
Chair of Political Science

Associate Professor of Political Science
Institute for Legal, Legislative & Policy Studies

Email: jtran8@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-8383
Office: PAC 482

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Dr. Magic Wade
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Email: mwade7@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-6523
Office: PAC 370

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