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EIU Department of Political Science

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Prof Erin Rowland Carlin, Instructor

Office: 2331 - Coleman Hall

Erin Rowland Carlin's Vita


Frequently Taught Courses

PLS 1153 - American Government and the Constitution - focus on background and basics of the Constitution and US Gov, plus civil rights, civil liberties, and important legal cases; care is given to also include information important to future educators and journalists

PLS 2703 - Introduction to Public Policy - an exploration of various policies areas in the field and important contemporary issues; attention given to the legal aspects and ramifications of poor or inequitable policies; includes a service learning component for real-world experience in the field

PLS 3303 - European Politics and Government - explores the politics of Europe immediately prior to WWI through the modern era; attention is given to both Western Europe (the EU) and Eastern Europe (much of the former Soviet bloc), as well as US interactions and involvement with these states

PLS 4893 - Budgeting - focus on public and nonprofit budgeting for management, compliance, and fraud prevention; includes essential knowledge for those interested in managing an entity, a department, or their own business/non-profit; virtual guest speakers from the field engage in Q&A sessions

PLS 5054 - Research Methods in Public Administration and Policy - focus on the basics of writing a graduate-level research paper in Political Science; includes beginner/intermediate lessons on data analysis with step-by-step videos

PLS 5153 - Cities, Politics, and Urban Policies - covers the basics of city/urban management, planning, and finances before turning to important city/urban policy issues like minority politics, city power players, local educational, criminal justice and health policies, gentrification, emergency policies, environmental issues, greening of cities, branding/marketing of cities, etc.

Professional Organizations

  • Illinois Government Finance Officers Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Southern Political Science Association
  • American Society of Public Administration
  • International City Management Association
  • International Studies Association


Street-Level Bureaucracy, Foreign Policy (in Conflict Management, Security Issues, and Foreign Aid), U.S. Security Policies,  U.S. Interests in Post-Soviet States, Best Practices in Teaching Political Science

Selected Publications

  • “Third-Party Knowledge and Success in Civil War Mediation.” 2020. The British Journal of Politics and International Politics. Article with Krista Wiegand and Eric Keels.
  • “2018 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Track Summary: Disciplinary Curriculum.” PS: Political Science & Politics 51(3): 683-694. Article with Chad Kinsella, Bobbi Gentry, Kelebogile Zvobgo, and Megan Becker.
  • “2017 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Track Summary: Innovative Subfield Strategies.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50(3): 854-855. Article with Bobbi Gentry, Everett Vieira, and Daniel Mallinson.

Selected Conference Presentations

“A Rush of Blood: Comparing Blood Delivery Policies in the Fight to Decrease Maternal Death Around the World.” Paper Panel Co-Author with Esther Appiah-Dwaah. Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Conference. 2020.

“Gaming the System: Nine Games to Teach American Government through Active Learning.” Book Roundtable. Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Conference. 2020.

“Lessons from a Novice: Creating Your First Service-Learning Projects.” Paper Panel. American Political Science Association Annual Conference – Teaching and Learning. 2019.

“The Role of Diplomacy and Knowledge in Civil War Mediation.” Paper Panel Co-Author with Krista Wiegand. International Studies Association Annual Conference. 2019.

“Feeding the Beast: How Billions in Anti-Corruption Funding are Increasing Corruption in Africa and the Post-Soviet Bloc.” Paper Panel Presenter.  International Studies Association – Midwest Conference. 2018.

“The Impact of Individual Mediator Prior Knowledge on Mediation Success.” Paper Panel Presenter. Peace Science Society. 2018.

“Money Wasted: Funding Corruption through Anti-Corruption Measures in the Post-Soviet Bloc.” Paper Panel Presenter. Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Conference 2018.

“The Challenges We Inherit: How Changes in Secondary Education Are Impacting University Instruction.” Paper Panel Presenter. American Political Science Association – Teaching and Learning Conference 2018.

“Who Mediates Matters: Determining What Makes for Successful Mediators.” Paper Panel Presenter. Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference 2018.

“Who Mediates Matters: Determining What Makes for Successful Mediators.” Paper Panel Presenter. Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Conference 2017.

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Department of Political Science

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-2926

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