Welcome to the official, student-run blog of the Siena College Department of Political Science! This blog was originally created specially for Prof. Jack Collens’s POSC 450 (Presidential Nomination Campaigns) course in the Spring of 2016, sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Siena College. Since then, it has been adopted as the official departmental blog. Students provide original content and insight into modern politics, from a variety of backgrounds and subfields – including American political institutions and elections, public policy, political theory, gender politics, pop culture and politics, public law, international relations, human rights, foreign policy, and more! It is now being used again by Dr. Collens’s Nominations course for the Spring of 2020!
Prof. Jack D. Collens, Ph.D.
I am Assistant Professor of Political Science at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. My teaching and research interests are quite diverse, but I tend to focus mostly on American political campaigns and elections, with special emphases on congressional elections and the role of the media. I also study American political development (i.e., political history) and the development of American campaigns over time. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, while my Bachelors’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish were completed at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. I’m originally from Covington, LA and miss the fresh seafood! My wife Lauren, daugher Stella, and I currently live in Delmar, NY with a cat (Munchkin), a dog (Athena), and a betta fish (Mr. Bubbles).