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Dr. Christopher McCarthy-Latimer

Associate Professor and Political Science Department Chair, on sabbatical for Spring 2021

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

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. Joseph Coelho

Associate Professor, Political Science Department Acting Chair

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

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

Moot Court Symposium

The Politics of Globalization

Comparative Political Systems

Building Peace After Conflict

The Global Rise of Populism

Threats to International Security

Film and Politics

First-Year Students Honors Seminar:

 Zombies and International Politics


Dr. David Smailes

Associate Professor

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

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

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.

Dr. Jody Longo-Schmid

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall 311
Phone Number: 508-626-5131
Email: jschmid@framingham.edu

Dr. Jody Longo-Schmid received a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy, and a Masters in Political Science and Education from the University at Albany. Her research and teaching interests include American political institutions and behaviors, public administration, and the evaluation of education, social welfare, housing, and other policies that affect children and families.  She is especially interested in how racial, socio-economic and other inequalities influence democratic performance by affecting citizen participation, and the adoption, implementation, and effectiveness of public policies.

She also studies how organized labor and labor policies influence organizational and professional socialization, political voice, and economic mobility.  She is currently writing about how recent education reforms and discourse influenced educators’ political and social experiences, identities and behaviors, and the effects on children’s educational outcomes and the democratic social purposes of schools.

Dr. Khatera Alizada

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall 309
Phone Number: 508-626-4016
Email: khatera.alizada@gmail.com

Dr. Khatera Alizada holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Old Dominion University. She obtained a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University, School of International Services. 

Areas of specialization and research interest: International relations; Comparative politics; Post-conflict state-building and democratization; Peace-building; International political economy; Human rights; Globalization, Renewable energy; Policy diffusion

Courses Regularly Taught:

American Political Government
Introduction to World Politics
Comparative Political Systems
Latin American Politics
Comparative Political Systems