Michael Herb Named New Chair
Michael Herb has been named chair of Political Science beginning July 1, 2017. He succeeds Carrie Manning, who has served as chair for the past six years.
“Mike brings many strengths to the position as a scholar, teacher, and as an active member of the department, college and university,” said Sara Rosen, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Mike’s prior experience as an institute director and an active member of the university positions him well to lead such a talented group of students, faculty and staff. I look forward to working with him to ensure the continued success of the Department of Political Science.”
Dr. Herb joined Political Science as an assistant professor in 1998. Before being named a professor in 2015, he served as director of the Middle East Institute at Georgia State University. After earning his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Washington, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California in Los Angeles.
“I hope to continue the progress the department has made under Carrie’s skilled leadership. We have developed a promising online master’s degree for educators and we are a leader in online education in the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Dr. Herb.
“Our faculty conducts excellent research that has resulted in the increase of the department’s national research profile in recent years. One of my top priorities will be to support the outstanding research of my colleagues in the department,” Dr. Herb added. “We have healthy enrollments in our core courses and will seek to maintain and grow the number of majors in the discipline of political science.”
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve two terms as department chair. I know Mike will do a terrific job, and I look forward to turning my attention to new and ongoing research projects,” said Dr. Manning.
Her new project investigates the impact of changing municipal revenue models on local democratic governance in the U.S. and Canada, with a particular emphasis on the use of policing and municipal courts as revenue sources. Dr. Manning was awarded a Provost’s Fellowship for Study in a Second Discipline for fall, and will hold a Fulbright Research Chair in Governance and Public Policy at the University of Ottawa for the 2018 spring semester.
Dr. Herb’s research interests focus on issues related to the Arab monarchies of the Gulf. He has written on the political consequences of oil wealth, on the relationship between taxation and democracy, and on how monarchism shapes the process of democratization. He maintains the Kuwait Politics Database, the most comprehensive and authoritative source of information on Kuwaiti elections.
He is the author of The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE and All in the Family: Absolutism, Revolution, and Democracy in the Middle Eastern Monarchies.
Dean Rosen thanked the search committee, led by Professor Bob Howard, for leading a successful and collegial search.