Molly Patterson
Department Chair, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of First Year Experience
(616) 632-2841
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Research Interests

  • Theory and practices of democracy, especially issues of social justice and political participation
  • Theory and analysis of political power and social change
  • Theory and analysis of ideology, political consciousness and cognition and their relationships to political culture
  • theory and social construction of public policy (current favorite topics: education, food)
  • Pedagogy and citizenship

Dissertation Topic

"The Dynamics of Deliberation: Power and Structuration in Democratic Communication"

Committee: Shawn Rosenberg (chair), David Easton, Kevin Olson, Lisa Garcia-Bedolla

Favorite Links


  • Ph.D., University of California-Irvine
  • M.A., University of California-Irvine
  • B.A., Carleton College