Rachel Paul

Visiting Assistant Professor

M.A., Ph.D., Miami University

B.A., University of Texas at Dallas

(360) 650-3469

AH 413

MW 1:00-2:00 and by appointment

Current Courses

Winter 2019

PLSC 250: The American Political System

PLSC 345: Women in Politics


Spring 2019

PLSC 385: Nationalism, Genocide and Global Politics

PLSC 397G: Women in International Politics

Rachel Paul earned her Ph.D. from Miami University and has been a visiting professor at Western since Fall 2008. Professor Paul’s areas of specialty include Comparative Politics and International Relations.  Her current research examines the role of ethnic lobbies and ethnic interest groups in American politics and foreign policy.

At Western, Professor Paul teaches courses in Political Geography, the Politics of Genocide, Women in Politics, and Comparative Foreign Policy, as well as a seminar in Political Science for the Honors Program.

Selected Publications

  • Ethnic Lobbies and US Foreign Policy.  2008.  Lynne Rienner.
  • “No Place for a Woman: Evidence for Gender Bias in Evaluations of Presidential Candidates.” 2007. Basic and Applied Social Psychology 29: 225-233.
  • “Serbian-American Mobilization and Lobbying:  The Relevance of Jasenovac and Kosovo to Contemporary Grassroots Efforts in the United States.” 2002. In Ethnic Identity Groups and U.S. Foreign Policy, Thomas Ambrosio, ed. Praeger Press.
  • "Grassroots Mobilization and Diaspora Politics: Armenian Interest Groups and the Role of Collective Memory."  2000.  Nationalism & Ethnic Politics.

Areas of Specialty

Research Interests

  • Comparative Politics
  • Nationalism and Ethnicity
  • Women in Politics

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