WMU News

Alumnus chairs political science at Northeastern

May 17, 2001

BOSTON -- Western Michigan University graduate Dr. Denis Sullivan was recently named chair of the department of political science at Northeastern University in Boston, effective July 1. Sullivan holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree from WMU.

Sullivan has been at Northeastern since 1987 and has previously served as director of the International Affairs Program and as an associate professor of political science. During 1997-98, he served as special assistant to Northeastern President Richard Freeland. He also previously served as director of curriculum reform in the provost's office.

Sullivan earned a master's degree in international relations in 1981 and a bachelor's degree in business in 1980, both from WMU. In 1987, he earned a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Michigan.

In addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities at Northeastern, Sullivan serves as a
consultant and governance expert to the World Bank's Palestinian NGO Project. His main research and teaching interests focus on comparative and international politics, with emphases on events in the Middle East, human rights, and religion and politics. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Senior Research Grant, and has published and co-edited a number of books and articles.

A 14-year resident of Arlington, Mass., Sullivan has also been active in his community, especially with the Arlington Schools.

Media contacts: Christine Phelan, Northeastern University, 617 373-5455, cp@ur.neu.edu or Thom Myers, Western Michigan University, 616 387-8400, thomas.myers@wmich.edu

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