Dr. Christopher McCarthy-Latimer

Political Science Department Chair & Pre-Law Program Advisor

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 Pre-Law Advisor. 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.

View Dr. Latimer's CV here

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

Courses Regularly Taught:

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

Dr. Joseph Coelho

Assistant Professor

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 and democratization in the Western Balkans. He is currently writing on issues of political survival and neo-authoritarianism in post-communist countries; state capture and corruption; and religiosity and Islamic fundamentalism in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Areas of specialization: International Relations; comparative politics; political party development; post-conflict state-building and democratization; peace-building.

Courses regularly taught:

POSC 120 Introduction to World Politics

POSC 200 Model United Nations

POSC 220 The Politics of Globalization

POSC 260 Comparative Political Systems

POSC 269 Building Peace After Conflict

Spring 2016 office hours: Wednesday 10:30am – noon; Thursday 10:30 am – noon; 2:30-4:20 pm


Dr. Paul Ewenstein

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall 309
Phone Number: 508-626-4801
Email: pewenstein1@framingham.edu

Dr. Paul Ewenstein holds a Ph.D. in political science and international relations from Boston University. His doctoral research was on the connection between revolution and war, and he has presented several conference papers on related topics, which are still the primary focus of his research. He has also written on the role of women in revolutionary conflict in the Middle East.

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Areas of specialization: International relations theory; revolutions; war and international conflict; Middle Eastern politics; contemporary American politics

Courses regularly taught:

POSC 110 Introduction to American Politics
POSC 337 Legislative Politics and Policy

Spring 2016 Office Hours: Thursday 10:30-11:30 am

Dr. Daniel McCool

Visiting Lecturer

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

Dr. Dan McCool received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he specialized in American political thought and political theory. In his doctoral dissertation, he focused on the role of "authenticity" in modern political thought and American political culture. He is currently working on a book about this same topic, with additional chapters on the role of institutions in American politics. For 10 years agt Baruch and Hunter Colleges in NYC, Dr. McCool taught mostly American Political Thought, The Federalist Papers, and American Government. He also has an MA from New York University, and as a Massachusetts native, he attended Massasoit Community College and UMass Amherst as an undergraduate.

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Courses regularly taught:

POSC 270 The Race, Politics and the Law
POSC  Film and Politics

Fall Office Hours: Thursday 10:30-11:30 am

James Legee

Visiting Lecturer

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

James holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University where he was a graduate fellow at the Mathew J. Ryan Center. He directs seminars in American government, public policy, and history for the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. He taught previously at Albright College in Reading, PA, has published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and writes for Constituting America. James’ focus is American government, with particular interest in political thought, the Presidency, and political history.

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Classes Taught:

POSC 110 Introduction to American Government

POSC 216 Film and Politics

POSC 337 The Legislature

POSC 341 The Presidency

Dr. John Ambacher


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


B.A. Lafayette College, 1966

M.A. Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 1967

Ph.D. Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1973

J.D. New England School of Law, 1987

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 taught:

American Legal Systems

American Political Thought

Formation and Conduct of US Foreign

Politics and Film