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Political Science Faculty & Staff


Dr. Beth Rauhaus | Department Head of Political Science | Professor, Political Science

  • Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Mississippi State University 2012
  • M.A., Political Science, Mississippi State University 2008
  • B.A., Government, Nicholls State University 2005
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Dr. Rauhaus’ work focuses on public policy and administration, while specifically
examining issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the public sector. Her
research focuses on social equity and gender issues including bureaucratic
representation, leadership, work-life balance, and equity in public policies and
administration. She has published her research in Public Administration Review,
State and Local Government Review, Administrative Theory & Praxis, and
Journal of Public Affairs Education, among other outlets. She currently serves
on the editorial board for the American Review of Public Administration.

Matt Burnett | Administrative Assistant III | Political Science

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Dr. Ted Henry Brown | Adjunct Instructor | Political Science


  • B.A., Cameron University, 2003
  • M.P.A., Unversity of Oklahoma, 2005
  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2014 American Politics, International Relations
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Dr. Brown teaches courses in the areas of American politics, including
institutions and behavior as well as international relations. His research
focuses on the intersection of international relations and political theory.
He has published on political science in popular culture, including on
Starship Troopers and Ender's Game. In his spare time, Ted enjoys live
music, rooting for the University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M football, and
wondering if the Oklahoma City Thunder is finished with their tankathon.

Dr. Nathan Carrington | Assistant Professor and Anthony D. Moroux/BORSF Endowed Professor | Political Science

  • Ph.D., Syracuse University 2022
  • M.A., Syracuse University, 2018
  • B.S., Southeast Missouri State University, 2016
  • American Politics, Judicial Politics, and Political Psychology
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Dr. Carrington is an assistant professor of Political Science. His research and
teaching interests lie within American politics, judicial politics, freedom of
expression, and political psychology, with a specific interest in public
perceptions of courts and how these perceptions are formed and altered.
Prior to joining the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he received his Ph.D.
and M.A. from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Political Science from Southeast
Missouri State University where he was a Ronald McNair Scholar. His research
has been published or is forthcoming at the Journal of Law and Courts, Law &
Social Inquiry, Social Science Quarterly, American Politics Research, and Politics,
Groups and Identities. He has also written for the Monkey Cage at the
Washington Post and the American Policy Blog at the London School of
Economics.  A first generation student originally from Southernmost Illinois,
Nathan likes traveling, listening to Coldplay at dangerously high volume,
spending time with his cat, and enjoying a nice iced latte.  For more about
Dr. Carrington, you can visit his webiste here

Dr. Bryan-Paul Frost | Professor and Elias "Bo" Ackal, Jr./BORSF Endowed Professor | Political Science

Dr. Bryan Frost Education
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1991, 1996
  • B.A., St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1990
  • Political Philosophy, International Relations, Politics and Literature,
    Comparative Politics
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Bryan-Paul Frost is the co-translator, contributor and/or co-editor of
Philosophy, History and Tyranny: Reexamining the Debate between
Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojève (with Timothy W. Burns, Baylor University;
SUNY Press 2016); The Political Theory of Aristophanes: Explorations in
Poetic Wisdom (with Jeremy J. Mhire, LA Tech; SUNY Press, 2013); Political
Reason in the Age of Ideology: Essays in Honor of Raymond Aron (with
Daniel J. Mahoney, Assumption College; Transaction, 2007); History of
American Political Thought (with Jeffrey Sikkenga, Ashland University; Lexington
Books, 2003; revised and expanded second edition, 2019); and Alexandre
Kojève’s Outline of a Phenomenology of Right (with Robert Howse, NYU School
of Law; Rowman and Littlefield, 2000). In addition to the above themes and
authors, Frost has also published articles on Aristotle, Cato the Younger, Cicero
and Roman civic education, Rousseau, and Tocqueville and Emerson.

Dr. Jason S. Maloy | Professor and Kaliste Saloom Endowed Chair | Political Science

Dr. Jason Maloy Education
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2004
  • M.Phil., Cambridge University, 1998
  • B.A., Brown University, 1996
    Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Law
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to democratic ideas and institutions. He is currently the POLS department’s
program co-ordinator for the International Relations concentration.  His most
recent book, Smarter Ballots (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), offers a realist theory of
election reform and democratic accountability, and in 2020 he conducted voting
experiments on Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) and other ballot types with support
from the Electoral Reform Research Group at New America. Other research in
progress includes a book project on “Democracy after Climate Change.


Dr. Rick A. Swanson | Professor and Anthony Moroux/BORSF Endowed Professor | Political Science

Dr. Rick Swanson Education
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2001
  • J.D., Southern Illinois University, 1994
  • M.A., Eastern Illinois University, 1991
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988 Civil Liberties,
    Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Public Law and Judicial Politics,
    American Government
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Between earning a J.D. and Ph.D., Rick worked from 1994 to 1996 as a law
clerk to Justice James A. Knecht of the Illinois Appellate Court. Ever since
obtaining his Ph.D. focusing on public law and judicial politics, he has been
at UL teaching pre-law courses in the Department of Political Science, and
served as a past head of the Political Science Department head for three
years. His legal expertise is in constitutional law, especially civil rights and
civil liberties. His articles and essays analyzing legal concepts and judicial
voting behavior have been published in peer-reviewed journals, law reviews,
and legal encyclopedias. He has also authored two textbooks:  The Big Picture
of U.S. National Government, published by UL Press, and The Lanahan
Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning, published by Lanahan Publishers.
His current research involves the civil rights history of South-Central Louisiana.
He has given numerous community presentations on the topic and recently
wrote a chapter titled “The Politics of Racial Memory in Louisiana,” contained
in The Party is Over: Louisiana Politics in the 21st Century, edited by Pearson
Cross and Christie Maloyed, published by LSU Press. In his personal time,
Rick communes with nature, philosophizes about the beauty and wonder of the
universe, and tries to live life to the fullest, all while sharing these experiences
with friends, family, his 5 dogs, and especially his amazing wife Anne.

Dr. Neil Williams | Visiting Assistant Professor | Political Science

  • Ph.D. University of Georgia, 2022
  • B.A. University of Georgia, 2015
    Comparative Politics, Democracy, Public Opinion and Attitudes, Political
    Behavior, Gender, Race, Political Methodology
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Dr. Williams focuses on political behavior, democracy, gender, race, and political
methodology in comparative and US contexts. His research and teaching
interests touch more specifically on pressing topics such as inequality and
representation, as well as their complicated relationship with democratic
attitudes and behavior. His work has appeared in Electoral Studies and Research
& Politics, among other outlets. Outside of the classroom, Neil loves basketball,
listening to all genres of music, reading fantasy/sci-fi, and answering questions
wrong while watching Jeopardy.  For more about Dr. Williams, including his
updated CV and current course materials, check his
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