B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University
Andras Boros-Kazai is a native of Budapest, Hungary. He came to the United States in 1957 and earned his citizenship with five years of service in the U.S. Army (three of which he spent in Southeast Asia). He majored in English and Political Science at Kent State University and the University of Pittsburgh while working full-time as a concrete-maker, administrative assistant, bartender and jazz drummer. He earned graduate training in Area Studies at Indiana University, and earned a Ph.D. in History in 1982. Since 1975, Andras has taught courses in revolution, empire and ethnicity-nationalism, Central European, Central Asian and Balkan history, film in the socio-historical context as well as Hungarian language and culture at Indiana University, Ohio Northern University, University of South Dakota and at Defense Intelligence Institutions. Since 1989 he has been a part-time employee of Beloit College, teaching primarily interdisciplinary and First-Year Initiatives seminars. Andras conducts research in cultural history, ethnicity, cinema studies and immigration. His activities include consulting (AT&T, United Parcel Service and the courts) and translation (three plays, five volumes of fiction/non-fiction and numerous items for the U.S. government, academic publishers and research institutions). His spouse, Mary, is the Registrar at Beloit College.
Jill Budny, (2009), political science, assistant professor
B.A., Marquette University; M.A., Fordham University; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Visiting Assistant Professor Jill Budny joined the Beloit College faculty in 2009 and teaches courses in political theory, public law, American government, and women’s and gender studies. She is also serving as chair of the Legal Studies program for 2011-2012. She received her Ph.D. in political theory from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. She earned a B.A. in philosophy and English from Marquette University, as well as an M.A. in political theory from Fordham University. Her primary research interests include ancient Greek and early modern political thought, and she has also taught courses at Marquette University and Alverno College.
Ann Davies, (1997), political science, associate professor, provost and dean of the college
B.A., Kenyon College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Professor Ann Davies teaches courses in political theory and public law. She serves as a pre-law advisor and contributes to the Legal Studies program. Dr. Davies is also provost and dean of the college effective fall 2009.
In her research, Ann specializes in liberal political thought and its reflection in modern U.S. jurisprudence. Her recent publications include "In Law More than in Life? Liberalism, Reason and Religion in Public Schools." Rhetoric and Public Affairs 9:3 (Fall 2006) and "Modernity and the State: Enlightenment, Liberalism, and Political Development in the United States" in New Approaches to Comparative Politics: Insights from Political Theory (Ed. Jennifer S. Holmes, Lexington Books, 2003). Her most recent conference presentations have focused on liberalism and the emotions as well as liberal theory's treatment of coercion within political systems.
Beth Dougherty, (1996), chair, international relations, professor
B.A., Chatham College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
Beth K. Dougherty is Manger Professor of International Relations and Professor of Political Science. She received her MA and PhD in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and did her undergraduate work at Chatham College (Pittsburgh, PA) where she majored in political science. She joined the Beloit faculty in 1996 and teaches a broad range of international politics courses, including Middle East politics, African conflicts, human rights, and U.S. foreign policy. She has chaired the international relations program since 1996, and is currently the chair of the African Studies minor.
Her current research focuses on transitional justice mechanisms such as international criminal tribunals and truth and reconciliation commissions. A 2003 Fulbright Scholar to Denmark, she spent four months at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen conducting research on international justice issues. She made three trips to Sierra Leone between 2003-2005 to follow the work of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
She has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Africa, and frequently teaches summer school at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. She has attended faculty seminars in Turkey (2000), Ghana (2001), Jordan (2004), Cambodia/Vietnam (2006), and Botswana (2008). Her other professional travel includes Eritrea, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Oman, Senegal, South Africa, and Syria.
She has published on a wide range of subjects, including Iraq, transitional justice in Sierra Leone and Iraq, ethnic conflict, and pedagogy. Her articles have appeared in International Affairs, Security Studies, Middle East Policy, African Studies Quarterly, Active Learning in Higher Education, PS: Political Science, and International Studies Perspectives. She and Edmund Ghareeb are the co-authors of A Historical Dictionary of Iraq, which was named a Best Reference Source in 2004 by Library Journal.
Dougherty has received both campus and national awards for teaching: the 1999 Underkofler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Beloit College), and the 2001 Rowman and Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science, awarded through the American Political Science Association.
Georgia Duerst-Lahti, (1986), political science, professor
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Georgia Duerst-Lahti has researched and applied expertise on gender and women’s empowerment for three decades. Her studies have explored gender power and ideologies; women as elected officials, leaders, and candidates; and masculinities, especially as they apply to the US presidency. At Beloit College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she has taught a host of courses related to women and gender, as well as serving as lead faculty for the annual Wisconsin Women In Government graduate leadership seminar. Since 2007, consulting as a gender specialist for the US State Department, Dr. Duerst-Lahti has turned her focus to empowering women around the world. Most recently her research and practice has concentrated on Southern Africa and women’s empowerment through ethical and sustainable development. Her interest in women’s income and empowerment through indigenous natural products has resulted in several studies and a socially responsible, fair trade, family company that creates a market for rural women’s products. In addition, she has begun to explore the outcomes of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s global initiatives on women and how the foreign affairs and development bureaucracies have responded.
With the generous support of the Beloit College Sanger Summer Scholars Program and the Keefer Fund for faculty development, she has placed student interns and researchers in Swaziland, Botswana, and Namibia since 2010. This site-based approach to learning extends the pedagogy she has employed with her students in US politics since joining the Beloit College faculty in 1986. Her upcoming sabbatical will enable her to develop more field sites for internships and independent studies in Southern Africa and ethical development projects.
In applying her expertise, she held top state and national offices in the National Women’s Political Caucus and spearheaded several women candidate recruitment and training initiatives at the state and local levels. She also has served as president of professional women’s associations in political science and on the executive council for the Midwest Political Science Association. Her real world political experience comes from six years elected to her local school board, where she chaired a $25M building project. Dr. Duerst-Lahti also is actively sought by the news media for her expert analysis. Her insights can be found in national newspapers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and many region TV and radio stations. In addition, she continues as a regular guest expert on public radio.
Georgia Duerst-Lahti earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison, joining the Beloit College faculty in 1986. She has advised on the Washington Semester program throughout her time there, served four years as associate dean, and held many other administrative and faculty committee posts. With her husband Tris Lahti, she has two adult children.
Rachel Ellett, (2008), political science, assistant professor
B.A., Sheffield University ( UK); M.A., Ph.D., Northeastern University
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Moat Junior Professor International Studies, Rachel Ellett joined the department in 2008 and teaches courses in international and comparative politics, and African Studies. Courses offered include contemporary African politics, comparative law and courts, promoting democracy and women and politics in the developing world.
Her research interests focus on the politics of eastern and southern Africa and comparative judicial politics. Her dissertation, "Emerging Judicial Power in Transitional Democracies: Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi," is based on fieldwork funded by the National Science Foundation. Her publications include "Re-emergence of The 'Other': Nationalism in Post-Nyerere Tanzania" in Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism.2005 Vol. 32 No. 1-2. In addition to continuing her research agenda on the intersection of law and politics in sub-Saharan Africa, she is currently exploring the ways in which teachers can effectively draw on students' study abroad experiences in the political science classroom.
Rongal Nikora, (2013), political science, assistant professor
B.A., College of William and Mary; M.A., University of Notre Dame; M.A., University of
New Mexico; Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Rongal D. Nikora joined the faculty at Beloit College in 2013 as an assistant professor for Health and Society. In this capacity, he currently teaches courses in U.S. federal government and politics, U.S. health policy, and comparative health systems.
Nikora earned his B.A. in religious studies from the College of William and Mary in 1995, his M.A. in international peace studies and conflict resolution from the University of Notre Dame in 2001, and his M.A. and doctorate in political science from the University of New Mexico in 2010 and 2013, respectively. His research interests include the politics of race and ethnicity, domestic and global health inequalities, national health care systems, and public health policy. His dissertation explored how the historical legacies of racism, specifically anti-miscegenation laws once common across the U.S., may indirectly impact modern-day racial disparities in infant mortality rates.
Nikora lived for over a decade in Japan, and holds certified top-level (ikkyu) language proficiency in Japanese.
John Rapp, (1986), political science, professor
B.A., American University; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
John Rapp joined the faculty at Beloit College in 1986 where he teaches courses in comparative politics. He founded the Asian Studies program in 1987 and served as its chair for ten years. He also served as chair of the Political Science department from 1996-1999. From 2002-2005 he served as Director of Asian Studies Programming under the first installment of Beloit's Freeman Foundation grant. In 1988-89 he was interim director of the Center for Language Studies, Beloit's summer intensive language program.
His primary teaching interests include Chinese politics, Communist and post-Communist systems, comparative democracies and electoral systems, and Chinese and comparative political thought. He also maintains a strong interest in German and European politics. Besides his regular comparative politics offerings, he teaches courses on comparative dissent, anarchism, and political fiction.
In March 2005 he led a faculty-staff study tour to Hong Kong and Guangdong in the People's Republic of China. In May 2006 he participated in a Beloit faculty-staff study tour to Hungary, and in the summer of 2007 he joined a faculty-staff travel group to China to help inaugurate Beloit's two new exchange programs in Kaifeng and Jinan. He also taught a concentrated mini-course on German politics at Beloit’s former exchange program in Hamburg, Germany in 1999. He presented a paper on “Neo-Anarchist Critiques of the State in the PRC” at the Manchester Worships on Political Theory in Manchester, England in September 2010. He has been selected to participate in several seminars for college professors over the years, including CIEE Faculty Development Seminars in Berlin (June 1990) and Hong Kong (1992), as well as the American Political Science Association (APSA) seminar on Japanese Politics (August 1990). His awards include the Beloit College Mouat Chair for Younger Faculty in International Studies from 1992-96, a faculty sabbatical grant to the University of Michigan in 1992-93 from the Program on Inter-institutional Collaboration in Area Studies (PICAS); a National Endowment for the Humanities Reading Grant for Private College Faculty (which included travel to Hungary) in May-June 1990; and a Pacific Cultural Foundation (PCF) Faculty Research Grant for the Fall of 2000.
His publications include Autocracy and China's Rebel Founding Emperors: Comparing Chairman Mao and Ming Taizu (coauthored with Anita Andrew) (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Press, 2000); “Anarchism or Nihilism?: The Buddhist-Influenced Thought of Wu Nengzi,” in Alexandre Christoyannopoulos (ed.), Religious Anarchism: New Perspectives (Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009); “Daoism as Utopian or Accommodationist: Radical Daoism Reexamined in Light of the Guodian Manuscripts,” in Laurence Davis and Ruth Kinna (eds.), Anarchism and Utopianism (University of Manchester Press, 2009); “Clashing Dilemmas: Hong Rengan, Issachar Roberts, and a Taiping ‘Murder’ Mystery,” Journal of Historical Biography 4 (Autumn 2008): 27-58, online at http://www.ufv.ca/jhb/Volume_4/Volume_4_Rapp.pdf; “Utopian, Anti-Utopian, and Dystopian Ideas in Philosophical Daoism,” Comparative Asian Development 2:2 (Fall 2003): 211-231; “Maoism and Anarchism: Mao Zedong's Response to the Anarchist Critique of Marxism,” Anarchist Studies 9 (2001): 3-28; “Daoism and Anarchism Reconsidered,” Anarchist Studies 6: 2 (October 1998): 123-152; and “The Fate of Marxist Democrats in Leninist Party-States: China's Debate on the Asiatic Mode of Production,” Theory and Society 16 (1987): 709-740. He is currently working on a book manuscript, Daoism and Anarchism: Critiques of Centralized State Power in Ancient and Modern China and on a biography project on Issachar J. Roberts, the 19th century southern Baptist China missionary who served as mentor and advisor to the leaders of China’s Taiping rebellion.
Pablo Toral*, (2003), department chair, political science, associate professor and Mouat Junior Professor of International Studies
B.A., Universidad Complutense (Spain); M.A., Ph.D., Florida International University
Pablo Toral, associate professor of international relations, joined the Beloit College faculty in the Fall of 2003. He teaches courses in international political economy, international relations theory, international governance, international relations of Latin America and Europe, peace studies, environmental politics and development. Pablo received his PhD in international relations from Florida International University in 2003. He also holds a BA in journalism and an MA in international studies. His main research interests include multinational enterprises, development, international relations theory and social theory.
His publications include Multinational Enterprises in Latin America since the 1990s (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Latin America's Quest for Globalization: The Role of Spanish Firms (edited with Felix E. Martin. London: Ashgate, 2005) and The Reconquest of the New World. Multinational Enterprises and Spain's Direct Investment in Latin America (London: Ashgate, 2001).