About Us

Department History

The Department of Political Science is an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and was first established at NIU in 1961.  

CLA&S Golden Anniversary Faculty Awards

 Daniel Wit, William Monat, James Banovetz and Christopher Jones

From left to right: Daniel Wit, William Monat, James Banovetz and Christopher Jones. 

Daniel Wit, William Monat, and James Banovetz were honored with Golden Anniversary Faculty Awards by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in April 2010 for their distinguished service to the Department, College and University.

Department of Political Science 50th Anniversary Celebration

On April 19, 2012, the Department celebrated 50 years with a public lecture in the Sky Room of the HSC by Dr. John Aldrich of Duke University, followed by a reception, dinner and program in the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.  View the program (includes timeline).  View the video "NIU 50 Years of Political Science" on YouTube.

Chairs

 

 


Department Chairs

The following individuals have served as department chair:

Daniel Wit
1961-1969

William R. Monat
1969-1971

Anthony Fusaro (Acting Chair)
1971-1972

James M. Banovetz
1972-1979

M. Ladd Thomas
1979-1982

Clark D. Neher
1982-1988

Lettie McSpadden
1988-1993

Clark D. Neher
1993-1996

Andrea Bonnicksen
1996-1999

Daniel R. Kempton
1999-2006

Christopher M. Jones
2006-2011

Michael T. Peddle (Acting Chair)
2011-2012

Matthew J. Streb
2012-