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Dr. Taylor McMichael

Senior Lecturer and Political Science Program Coordinator

"No matter what, be intellectually curious."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Political Science — Texas Tech University, 2015
  • M.A. in Political Science — Texas Tech University, 2008
  • B.A. in Political Science — Texas State University-San Marcos, 2006

Career Highlights:

My work on pork barrel politics is widely read.

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In which degree program do you teach online?

MPA, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Which classes do you teach online?

American National Politics; State and Local Politics; Research Methods for Political Science; Statistics for Political Science; Comparative Politics; International Relations; Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

What do you want your students to learn in your classes?

I hope students learn how to use critical thinking in proposing and implementing solutions to complex problems.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

No matter what, be intellectually curious.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the area in which you teach?

I am good at explaining very complex ideas and concepts to those who know little about them.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

Developing a professional identity is a major challenge.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"Japan's Political Marketplace" by J. Mark Ramseyer and Frances McCall Rosenbluth

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

I have great stories.

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