Dr. Joseph Coelho

Associate Professor, Chair, Political Science Department

Office: O'Connor Hall 307
Phone Number: 508-626-4571
Email: jcoelho2@framingham.edu

Office hours for Spring 2022: Dr. Coelho is currently on Sabbatical, returning for the Fall 2022 semester.

Dr. Joseph Coelho holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Northeastern University. He has written extensively in the areas of post-conflict state-building, civil society and democratization in the Western Balkans. Dr. Coelho is currently writing on issues of populism, religious identity, and counter-terrorism in the region.

Areas of specialization: International Relations; comparative politics; nationalism; democratization; and peace-building.

Courses Regularly Taught:

Introduction to World Politics
Model United Nations
The Politics of Globalization
Comparative Politics
Building Peace After Conflict
The Global Rise of Populism
Threats to International Security in the 21st Century
Film and World Politics 

Chris Latimer
Dr. Christopher McCarthy-Latimer

Associate Professor

Office: O'Connor Hall 308
Phone Number: 508-626-4827
Email: clatimer@framingham.edu

Office hours for Spring 2022: Tuesday 11am-12pm, Thursday 11am-2pm and by appointment all via Zoom. 

Christopher McCarthy-Latimer is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Framingham State University.  He is also the Coordinator of our Civic Engagement and Service Learning Center.  He is also the Pre-Law Advisor for Framingham. Dr. McCarthy-Latimer got his Ph.D. and Masters from the State University of New York at Albany and his JD from American University: Washington College of Law.

Areas of Specialization: American Politics, Public Law, Civic Engagement and Technology

Courses Regularly Taught:

American Political Government
American Political Government (Honors)
Moot Court Symposium
Judicial Politics and Policy
Gender Politics and the Law
United States Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
United States Constitutional Law: Powers of Government
The United States Supreme Court
Seminar in Political Science
Internship in Political Science
Internship in Law and Government

Dr. David Smailes

Associate Professor, Interim Chair

Office: O'Connor Hall 310
Phone Number: 508-626-4766
Email: dsmailes@framingham.edu

Office hours for Spring 2022: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9am-10am, Wednesday: 1pm-3pm, or by appointment.

Dr. David Smailes is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Framingham State University. Dr. Smailes received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his B.A. from the College of Wooster in Ohio. His research interests include American political history, the presidency and American political thought.

Dr. Smailes is also the Program Director for the Masters in Public Administration program at FSU, as well as an instructor in that program.  He is also a frequent presenter on American politics in a variety of venues in the Metrowest area.

Prior to joining the Framingham State community, Dr. Smailes taught at Westfield State University and Regis College.

Areas of specialization: American politics (including all three branches of government), public administration, political theory and American political history.

Courses Regularly Taught:

Introduction to American Politics
Introduction to American Politics (Honors)
Legislative Politics and Policy
The Presidency: Politics and Administration
American Political Thought
Political Analysis
Bureaucratic Politics
Public Budgeting

Dr. John Ambacher

Professor Emeritus

Office: O'Connor Hall 309
Phone Number: 508-626-4801
Email: jambacher@framingham.edu


Ph.D. Fletcher School and Diplomacy
J.D. New England School of Law
M.A. Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
B.A. Lafayette College

Currently, Professor Emeritus in Political Science Department.

Background Information:

Taught in Political Science Department at FSU since 1968

  • Visiting Fellow, Roehampton Insitutute , England, 1979
  • National Endowment for Humanities summer grant, 1977
  • Post doctoral studies, Harvard School of Education, 1980
  • Presented living history presentations on my great grandfather’s Civil War experience at schools throughout New England area.
  • Created minor in legal studies.

Courses Regularly Taught:

American Legal Systems
American Political Thought
Formation and Conduct of U.S. Foreign Policy
Film and Politics

Giuliano Espino

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall 311
Phone Number: 508-626-4801
Email: gespino@framingham.edu

Office hours for Spring 2022: Monday 10:30am-11:30am, Tuesday 10:30am-11:30am as well as 12:30pm-1:30pm & by appointment.

Giuliano is a visiting lecturer of Political Science. He holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from Northeastern University where he specialized in constitutional law, focusing on the role of judicial federalism in shaping Supreme Court jurisprudence.  Giuliano is now pursuing a Ph.D. in international relations at Northeastern, where he studies the role of knowledge-based international-coalitions in socializing member states to brings domestic policies into congruence with international-coalitions in socializing member states to bring domestic policies into congruence with international preferences.  He is currently writing on the Fourteenth Amendment as a tool of modern state building, regulation of plastics in the European Union, and the ongoing genocide in Yemen.

Julia L. Maycock, Esq.

Visiting Lecturer

Phone Number:
Email: jmaycock@framingham.edu

Office Hours for Spring 2022: Thursday 1:30pm-2:30pm, Friday 11:30am-12:30pm and by appointment. The Zoom link is on Canvas

Julia L. Maycock is a visiting lecturer in the Political Science Department at FSU. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in cultural anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. She was a reporter with the Springfield Daily News covering education before earning her juris doctorate at Western New England University Law School. After graduation, she worked at the Housing Discrimination Project in Holyoke and with the attorney representing the Springfield Firefighters Union before moving to the north shore to establish her own practice.

Ms. Maycock has taught at Westfield State University in the Political Science Department since 2003. She teaches law-track courses including Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties. Ms. Maycock taught in classes in the Ethnic and Gender Studies and English Departments at WSU. She began teaching at FSU in the Spring of 2021. Prior to that she was a visiting professor at Northeastern Law School where she taught legal research and writing for two years in the Legal Skills in Social Context Program.

Attorney Maycock is a seasoned litigator. She had a solo practice representing families involved in Care & Protection cases in the juvenile courts for 20 years. She also did guardian ad litem work and was a certified independent court investigator in Essex County.

She has a passionate interest in Constitutional law and history along with a love of Native American history, art, and culture.

Dr. Thomas Wood

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall 309
Phone Number: 508-215-5608
Email: twood2@framingham.edu

Office hours for Spring 2022: Monday 11:30am-12:20pm

Tom Wood received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Wood has previously taught at the American University Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Trinity College Hartford, CT, and, the University of South Carolina Aiken. Other career incarnations have included stints working for INGOs focused on higher education reform in former communist states, and, advising on democratization in the former Soviet Union.

Areas of specialization: comparative politics and international relations.

Research interests include the international relations of former Soviet small states, former Soviet Central Asian politics, Turkish politics, democratization, and, US foreign policy toward the former Soviet Republics.