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Social Sciences Faculty

Dr. Kay Decker, Chair


Jeff McAlpin


Kirk Rogers


Dr. Roger Hardaway


Ken Kelsey


Dr. Eric Schmaltz


Jana Brown


Dr. Aaron Mason

Dr. Aaron Mason
Professor of Political Science
Jesse Dunn 302B
Curriculum Vitae

Co-Founder and Executive Director of the NWOSU-Institute for Citizenship Studies.

2014 Oklahoma Political Science Association Teacher of the Year Award

B.A. (Political Science) Northeastern State University: Tahlequah, Oklahoma (1994) 
M.A. (Political Science) The University of Texas at Arlington: Arlington, Texas (1997)
Ph.D. (Political Science) Northern Arizona University: Flagstaff, Arizona (2006)

Areas of Specialization

  • American Political Institutions and Processes
  • Public Policy/Public Administration
  • The U.S. Constitution
  • American Indian Tribal Governments
  • Federalism
  • The Founding Fathers
  • The American Civil War                                                                 

Selected Publishing Activities

Indian Country Today. August 23, 2016. "Dwight D. Eisenhower: Tried to Knock Out Jim Thorpe, and Assimilate Indians." By Alysa Landry. Can be retrieved at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/08/23/dwight-d-eisenhower-tried-knock-out-jim-thorpe-and-assimilate-indians-165534

“Tragedy of the Commons Meets the Anti-commons: Water management and conflict on the southern plains of the United States.” Article published The Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management. Co-authored by Tony Wohlers, John Wood, and Eric Schmaltz.  16, 1450005 (2014), DOI: 10.1142/S1464333214500057. On Line Citation: http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S1464333214500057?src=recsys&journalCode=jeapm

“Tribal Citizenship: traditional ideas and new realities” Article published in Oklahoma Politics. Volume 20, November 2010. Pages 93-112. The Journal of the Oklahoma Political Science Association.

“Lederhosen, Rodeos, and Laptops: Comparisons of Political Culture in Oklahoma and Bavaria in the Age of Globalization.”  (Co-authored by Aaron Mason, Eric Schmaltz and Tony Wohlers.) Article Published in Oklahoma Politics Volume 17, November 2008. Pages 1-37. The Journal of the Oklahoma Political Science Association.

“The Changing Face of Tribal Identity: State Recognition of Indian Tribes.” Article published in Oklahoma Politics. Volume 16, Fall 2007. Pages 153-178.The Journal of the Oklahoma Political Science Association. 

United States Politics and Democracy: A Supplemental Reader and Workbook by David Camacho. Chapter entitled “Federalism, Tribal Governments, and Sovereignty” Kendall/Hunt Publishing, Dubuque, Iowa. Third Edition (2002)

Selected Grant Writing

Successfully obtained grants funded by groups such as the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the Alva Oklahoma Tourism and Convention Development Committee, and the Woodward, Oklahoma Convention and Tourism Board. 

Jim Hunt - Adjunct


Michelle Newton - Adjunct


Gordon Patton - Adjunct


J.W. Platt - Adjunct


Ruth Welters-Smith - Adjunct


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