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The Department of Political Science provides critical knowledge and understanding of politics, governments, and public policies to students and the EIU community. Through classes and applied learning, students gain essential research, writing, communication, and professional skills, preparing them for careers in government and the public sector, nonprofits, legal fields, higher education, and the corporate world. We are committed to diversity and inclusive excellence as we strive to prepare students to be responsible citizens in a diverse world.

Dr. Ryan C. Hendrickson, L. M. Hamand Dean of the Graduate School, Vice Provost of Sponsored Research, and Professor of Political Science

Office: 1201 - Blair Hall
Phone: 217-581-2220
Email: rchendrickson@eiu.edu

Ryan C. Hendrickson (Ph.D. Nebraska, B.A. Marquette University) serves as L. M. Hamand Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Sponsored Research, and Professor of Political Science. During the 2021-2022 academic year he served as acting dean of the College of Health and Human Services.  

He is the author of three books: Obama at War: Congress and the Imperial Presidency (University Press of Kentucky, 2015), Diplomacy and War at NATO: The Secretary General and Military Action after the Cold War (University of Missouri Press, 2006) and The Clinton Wars: The Constitution, Congress and War Powers (Vanderbilt University Press, 2002). 

He is also the author of more than 70 articles, book chapters and essays, which have appeared in a variety of journals and presses, including Georgetown University Press, Armed Forces & Society, Comparative Strategy, Contemporary Security Policy, Etudes internationales, Foreign Affairs, Global Governance, Journal of International Relations and Development, Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, PS, Parameters, Political Science Quarterly, RUSI Journal, and Security Dialogue, among others. He is the recipient of the 2012 Rodney S. Ranes Graduate Faculty Mentor Award and the 2015 College of Sciences Laurence A. Ringenberg Award



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Department of Political Science

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-2523
Fax: 217-581-2926


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