Faculty & Staff

Who We Are

The Department has a legacy of outstanding teaching, advising, scholarship, and service that continues today in both the Political Science Program and the Master of Public Administration Program. The ranging expertise and extensive knowledge of our faculty allows the Department to offer courses in all of the major fields of Political Science and a comprehensive graduate-level curriculum in Public Administration.

Faculty

Photo of Dr. AbukhalilAs’ad AbuKhalil – Professor, Political Science
BA 1981, American University of Beirut
MA 1983, American University of Beirut
PhD 1988, Georgetown University

At Stanislaus since 1993, Dr. AbuKhalil teaches the following courses in the Political Science Program: Politics of the Middle East; Gender & Sexuality in the Middle East; Arab-Israeli Conflict; International Relations; Model United Nations & Model Arab League; and Introduction to American Government. 

(209) 667-3536 / Bizzini 132-C; aabukhalil@csustan.edu



  Sean Anderson Sean Anderson – Lecturer, Political Science 
   BA 2009, University of California, Davis
   MA 2011, University of Texas at San Antonio
   PhD 2016, Wayne State University

At Stanislaus since 2017, Dr. Anderson teaches Introduction to American Government.

(209) 667-3301 / Bizzini 132-B; sanderson19@csustan.edu

 

 


       David Colnic – Professor, Department Chair

David Colnic   BA 1987, University of California, Irvine
   MA 1994, University of Arizona
   PhD 2003, University of Arizona

  At Stanislaus since 2004, Dr. Colnic serves as Chair of the Department of    Political Science and Public Administration. In the MPA Program, he teaches the  following courses: Public Policy; Environmental Planning, Policy & Law. In the  Political Science Program, he teaches the following courses: Media & Politics;  Environmental Policy & Politics; Introduction to American Government; and  Introduction to Political Science.

(209) 667-3520 / Bizzini 130-C; dcolnic@csustan.edu


 

Photo of Dr. ContehAndrew Conteh – Lecturer, Political Science 
LLM 1970, Kiev State University
PhD 1973, Kiev State University

At Stanislaus since 2017, Dr. Conteh teaches the following courses: Foreign Policy (PSCI 4641) and International Human Rights (HONS 3050).

(209) 667-3301 / Bizzini 132-B; aconteh2@csustan.edu

 


 

Photo of Dr. GhumanUmar Ghuman – Associate Professor, Public Administration
Co-Director of MPA Program

BS 2001, Excelsior College
MBA 2003, Florida Atlantic University
PhD 2011, Florida Atlantic University

At Stanislaus since 2012, Dr. Ghuman is the Co-Director of the MPA program and is the Department Coordinator for both undergraduate and graduate student internships.  Dr. Ghuman teaches the following courses in the MPA Program: Public Policy; Organizational Development; Human Resources; Organization Theory; Quantitative Analysis; Bureaucracy in Novels & Plays; and Non-profit Administration. In the Political Science Program, he teaches Introduction to American Government.

(209) 667-3682 / Bizzini 130-A; ughuman@csustan.edu


Lawrence L. Giventer – Professor Emeritus, Public Administration
BSME 1967, New Jersey Institute of Technology
MS 1968, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD 1976, University of Pittsburgh

At Stanislaus since 1975, Dr. Giventer teaches Quantitative Analysis in the MPA Program. In the Political Science Program, he teaches Politics & Film and Introduction to American Government.

(209) 667-3388 / Bizzini 132-A; lgiventer@csustan.edu


April Hejka-Ekins – Professor Emerita, Public Administration
BA 1969, Northern Illinois University
MSW 1971, University of Illinois, Chicago
PhD 1987, University of Southern California

At Stanislaus since 1988, Dr. Hejka-Ekins teaches the following courses in the MPA Program: Organization Theory; Combating Political Corruption; Public Service Ethics; Case Analysis; and Administration in Public Affairs.

(209) 667-3388 / Bizzini 132-A; ahejka-ekins@csustan.edu


 

Photo of Dr. HudspethNancy Hudspeth – Assistant Professor, Public Administration
BA & BS 1986, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MA 1999, University of Illinois, Chicago
PhD 2011, University of Illinois, Chicago

At Stanislaus since 2015, Dr. Hudspeth teaches the following courses in the MPA Program: Public Policy Analysis, Urban & Regional Planning, Quantitative Analysis, and Public Agency Budgeting. In the Political Science Program, she teaches Introduction to American Government and Land Use Planning.

(209) 667-3285 / Bizzini 130-B; nhudspeth@csustan.edu

 


 

Picture of Ms. Wendy OlmstedWendy Olmstead – Lecturer, Political Science
BA 2006, California State University, Stanislaus
MPA 2014, MS 2015, California State University, Stanislaus

At Stanislaus since 2016, Prof. Olmstead teaches Agricultural Policy & Regulations and Contracting & Procurement in the MPA Program.

(209) 667-3388 / Bizzini 132-A; wolmstead@csustan.edu



Elaine PetersonElaine Peterson – Professor, Economics

BA 1982, Colby College
MS 1990, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD 1996, University of Wisconsin-Madison

At Stanislaus since 1996, Dr. Peterson is a faculty member of the Department of Economics and in the MPA Program she teaches Public Finance and State & Local Public Finance.

(209) 667-3327 / Bizzini 101-D; epeterson@csustan.edu     



Photo of Dr. PinheyNicholas Pinhey – Lecturer, Public Administration
BA 1975, California State University, Stanislaus 
MPA 1989, California State University, Stanislaus
DPA 1998, University of Southern California
Professional Bio

 

At Stanislaus since 1999, Dr. Pinhey teaches Public Agency Budgeting in the MPA Program.

(209) 667-3388 / Bizzini 130-E; npinhey@csustan.edu


 

Photo of Dr. PinheyRichard Randall – Lecturer, Political Science
BA 1982, California State University, Stanislaus
MA 1985, University of California, Davis
ABD 1991, University of California, Davis

 

 

At Stanislaus since 2011, Prof. Randall teaches the following courses in the Political Science Program:  Introduction to American Government; Introduction to Political Science; and Global Politics.

(209) 667-3359 / Bizzini 132-A; rrandall@csustan.edu



Stephen R. Routh – Professor, Political Science

 BA 1986, University of California, Santa Cruz

 MA 1992, San Jose State University
 PhD 2000, University of California, Davis

 Curriculum Vitae

 

At Stanislaus since 2002, Dr. Routh serves as the Pre-Law Advisor. He teaches the following courses in the Political Science Program: Introduction to American Government; The Presidency; Legislative Process; Judicial Process; Political Campaigns & Elections; Constitutional Law; and Civil Liberties. In the MPA Program, he teaches Administrative Law.

(209) 667-3363 / Bizzini 126-A; srouth@csustan.edu



Everett A. Vieira III – Lecturer, Political SciencePhoto of Everett Vieira

BA 2003, San Diego State University
MA 2006, San Diego State University
MA 2013, Temple University
ABD, Temple University
Curriculum Vitae

At Stanislaus since 2007, Prof. Vieira teaches the following courses in the Political Science program: American Government and Comparative Politics: Latin America

(209) 667-3359 / Bizzini 132-A; evieira@csustan.edu



Photo of Dr. Wellman

Gerard C. Wellman – Associate Professor, Public Administration
Co-Director of MPA Program

BA 2003, Louisiana State University
MPA 2007, University of Memphis
PhD 2011, University of Nebraska, Omaha
Curriculum Vitae

 

At Stanislaus since 2012, Dr. Wellman teaches the following courses in the MPA Program:  Administration in Public Affairs; Public Service Ethics; Urban Affairs; Social Justice; Research Design & Public Evaluation; and Urban & Regional Planning. In the Political Science Program, he teaches Introduction to Public Administration; Ethnic & Gender Politics; and Introduction to American Government.

(209) 667-3291 / Bizzini 132-D; gwellman@csustan.edu


Alena Wolflink – Lecturer, Political Science
BA 2013, Goucher College
MA 2016, University of California, Santa Cruz
ABD, University of California, Santa Cruz

(209) 667-3388 / Bizzini 132-C; awolflink@csustan.edu


Staff

Lisa Anderson – Administrative Support Coordinator
Ms. Anderson provides administrative support to both the Bachelor of Political Science as well as the Master of Public Administration programs.

T: (209) 667-3388; F: (209) 667-3724 / Bizzini 132
landerson7@csustan.edu