Welcome to the World of Politics & International Affairs! 

Our department’s focus is both domestic and international, with particular strengths in environmental politics and sustainability, development, and politics of diversity. We also have a particular strength in social movements. 

We offer undergraduate and graduate courses in:

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration
  • Theory
Additionally, our department is led by dynamic faculty engaged in cutting-edge research and dedicated to teaching in a small classroom.

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Mock Arizona State Legislature

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As a final project, POS 316 students gained a valuable experience by writing bills for a mock Arizona State Legislature. Students were split into committees, each committee drafted a bill, and then committees were able to present their proposals. 


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Mayor Jerry Nabours, along with Joanne Keene and Stephanie Smith, visited with POS 303 students this afternoon and thanked them for conducting original research on the impact of moving the Homecoming parade to campus.  

NAU's Model United Nations celebrates two successful conferences. 
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Austin Rock received the most highly prized and honored award by winning Best Delegate at the Trojan Model United Nations Conference. Will Wolfe also received the equally honorable award of Distinguished Delegate at the Northwestern Model United Nations Conference. Congratulations NAU's Model United Nations and please continue making our department and school proud. 

Politics and International Affairs Supports Student Veteran Success

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POS 316 students volunteered in the Student Union and encouraged other students to write thank you notes to Veterans.

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POS 316 students found a great way to celebrate the day and help others show their appreciation and respect for the many Veterans who've sacrificed their lives and so much more for our country and freedom.


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Kayla Mueller

SBS honors one of its most recent Hall of Fame inductees.


B.S. in Politics and International Affairs.

Career History

  • Human Rights Activist and humanitarian aid worker
  • Worked with aid organizations providing support to Syrian refugees in Turkey
  • Volunteered with organizations in Tibetto support efforts to provide schools, health care, and support services for Tibetan refugees
  • Volunteered at an orphanage in Vrindavan, India
  • Worked with the Save Darfur Coalition and founded STAND and Amnesty International chapters at NAU 

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    Carol Kottenbrook

    SBS also honors Carol Kottenbrook as a recent Hall of Fame inductee. 


    B.S. Political Science

    Career History

    • President and Co-Founder of Sandstorms Films and Film Producer (The Covenant, The Forsaken among others)
    • Inducted into the Education Foundation Yuma County Hall of Fame for outstanding achievements in the Motion Picture Entertainment field
    • Honored with the Estelle Dingess Education Foundation of Yuma County Hall of Fame in 2014
    • 1998 Distinguished Centennial Alumni award winner 


Faculty News and Updates

Recent Faculty Publications 

  • Lori Poloni- Staudinger, PhD

Poloni-Staudinger, L., & Wolf, M. (2015). American Difference: American Politics From a Comparative Perspective. Washington, DC: Sage CQ Press.

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  • Paul Lenze, PhD

Paul E. Lenze, Jr. Civil-Military Relations in the Muslim World.  Lexington Press (Forthcoming, 2016).

  • Maiah Jaskoski, PhD

Jaskoski, Maiah, Arturo C. Sotomayor, and Harold A. Trinkunas. Forthcoming 2015. American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

  • Parson, Sean, PhD

Cooking Up Revolution: Food not Bombs, Anarchist Homeless Activism and the Politics of Space(under contract)

  • John Hultgren, PhD

Hultgren, John. 2015. Border Walls Gone Green: Nature and Anti-immigrant Politics in America. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

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  • Eric Otenyo, PhD

Politics and the Lack of Labor Militancy in Kenya: Trade Unionism After Independence.” In Kenya After 50: Reconfiguring Historical, Political, and Policy Milestones. Eds. Michael Kithinji, Mickie M. Koster, and Jerono Rotich. (Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 2016).

Faculty Awards

  • Paul Lenze, PhD was awarded an "Excellence in Teaching Award" from the National Society of Leadership and Success!
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  • NAU Experience named Gretchen Gee, John Hultgren, Stephen Nuno, Mark Montoya and Naomi Pinion, PhDs, for outstanding teaching, reported by NAU sophomores.

Faculty Career Progressions

  • Poloni-Staudinger signed a learning agreement grant with the Kettering Foundation. As part of the agreement, she will collaborate with the foundation to research democratic capacity-building associated with statewide issue forums. Poloni-Staudinger has been serving for the last year as statewide coordinator of Arizona Deliberates, a collaborative effort between Poloni-Staudinger at NAU and partners at Maricopa Community College District and Our Family Services, a non-profit in Pima County. The learning agreement will investigate how coordination of statewide forums can increase democratic capacity at both a state and local level, thereby ameliorating a democracy void in Arizona.
  • Professor Paul Lenze, PhD will serve as a reviewer of applications for the prestigious Boren Award program and will serve as an expert in the areas of Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia


Department Contacts 

Politics & International Affairs street address

Department of Politics and International Affairs
Raul H. Castro Social and Behavioral Sciences
5 E. McConnell Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ. 86011