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Melinda Mueller


Dr. Mueller (B.A. Susquehanna University, M.A., Ph.D. Rochester) serves as the department's Honors Coordinator and advisor to the Political Science honorary, Pi Sigma Alpha. She received the 2008 Faculty Laureate for undergraduate general education teaching, the 2009 Teaching Excellence Award in the College of Sciences, and several Achievement and Contribution Awards.

Professor Mueller teaches the graduate seminar on Congress. At the undergraduate level, she teaches Introduction to American Government, Interest Groups & Lobbying, Environmental Politics & Policy, Introduction to Political Science Research, and the Political Science capstone. She regularly directs undergraduate and graduate independent studies and theses in the area of congressional politics, public policy, interest groups, and women and politics. 

Professor Mueller conducts research on gender and politics, focusing on questions of descriptive representation and substantive policy representation. Publications include a book chapter on "the soccer mom" and voting, in Engaging the Public: How the Government and Media Can Reinvigorate American Democracy, an article on how female House candidates discussed the issue of war in the 2006 election, in the Thomas Jefferson Law Review, and an article about teaching at a comprehensive university, published in 
PS: Political Science & Politics. She also conducts research on civic engagement in higher education. 

Professor Mueller serves on several education-related boards and councils. She is a member the university's Honors Council, the Council on Academic Affairs Learning Goals Subcommittee, and the university's Truman Scholarship Committee. She also serves on the Charleston school board's gifted education committee, music boosters, and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Career Planning
  • Domestic Politics
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Government
  • Pedagogy
  • Public Policy
  • Women's Issues

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Phone: 217-581-3022

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