Department and Faculty News

Faculty Book Release     

The Department of Politics and International Affairs celebrates the major achievement of Senior Lecturer, Paul Lenze. His first book publication was released on September 30th through Lexington Books. His book is titled “Civil-Military Relations in the Muslim World”.

 PL Book Cover

The book examines the factors, which influence military intervention and withdrawal from politics—namely, United States and Soviet/Russian economic and military aid—and how this affects democratic transitions and consolidation.  

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The Department of Politics and International Affairs celebrates the 2016 scholarship award recipients. 

 PIA Scholarship Award Reception 2016=Group Photo copy


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 

Carol Kottenbrook 

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 


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.

LP Book Cover

  • 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.

JH Book

  • 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!
                                          National Society  
  • 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