Three New Faculty Join the PLSC Department

Political Science is thrilled to announce that three new faculty members will join the department in AY 2019-2020.

  • Rudy Alamillo earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. His research examines cross-racial campaign appeals in the United States, with a focus on non-Hispanic candidate appeals to Hispanic voters. Dr. Alamillo will teach courses in the American Politics and Public Policy and Comparative Politics.  In Fall 2019 he is offering a course on the Politics of Mexico.
  • Melina Juárez Pérez earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of New Mexico. She joins Western with a dual appointment in Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her work focuses on the intersections of class, gender, race, and sexuality and their role in shaping the lived experiences, health, and happiness of Latinx and queer people of color. Her current research agenda centers on crimmigration—or the confluence of immigration and criminal justice systems. Her work has been published in journals such as the Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Policy Studies Journal, & Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law.  In Fall 2019, she will offer courses on Queer and LGBT Politics and Women and Politics.
  • Catherine Wineinger earned her PhD in Political Science from Rutgers University.  Her research explores political representation at the intersection of gender, race, and partisanship. She will offer courses in American politics, with an emphasis on identity politics and political institutions. During the 2019-2020 academic year, Dr. Wineinger will be working on Capitol Hill as an APSA Congressional Fellow and finishing her book manuscript entitled, Gendering the GOP: Intraparty Politics and Republican Women’s Representation in Congress.

The addition of these accomplished young faculty will strengthen the department’s offerings in Latinx politics, race, gender and sexuality politics, immigration politics, and campaign and election politics.  Welcome and we hope students will soon have the opportunity to take one – or more – of their courses!