College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

The department welcomes two new professors: Drs. Brady Collins and Charles Gossett

Dr. Brady Collins and Dr. Charles Gossett

The Department of Political Science is proud to announce the arrival of two new professors to our department. Dr. Brady Collins and Dr. Charles Gossett will both join the faculty in Fall 2017. 

Dr. Collins arrives from UCLA, where he taught urban planning but also spent several years as a policy advocate in the housing and labor movement in Los Angeles. Dr. Collins joins the department as an assistant professor, where he will teach courses in Public Administration. This fall, he is teaching Public Organizations and Public Policy Formulation. His areas of expertise are in community and economic development, civic engagement, ethnic enclaves, urban governance, and social capital. More generally, Brady’s research lies at the intersection of the spatial, sociocultural, and political aspects of urbanism, and seeks to forge new relationships between the built environment and local politics. His work has been published in Town Planning Review

Dr. Gossett arrives from Sacramento State, where he had served in a number of adminstrative positions including Dean to the College of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Gossett joins the department as a visiting professor and interim director for our MPA program. This fall, he is teaching Introduction to Public Administration and Sub-Saharan African Governments. His research includes work gay politics at the state and local levels, public service motivation, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on politics and public administration in Africa. Dr. Gossett is also returning to the department as a visiting professor after serving as a tenured member of our faculty previously. 

We are excited to welcome both Dr. Collins and Gossett to the department!