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Dowley, Kathleen

Ph.D. 1997, Michigan State University
M.A. 1991. University of Michigan
B.A. 1989. Colby College

Associate Professor

Department: Political Science
Office: JFT 920
Phone: (845) 257-3558


Department: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Office: SOS 003
Phone: (845) 257-2978

Office Hours

M01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
W01:45 PM - 03:30 PM
F01:45 AM - 03:30 AM

By Appointment;
Location of Office Hours: Monday & Friday at Southside House and
Wednesday at JFT 920

Career History

1999-2013 Assistant/Associate Professor of Political Science, SUNY New Paltz.
1997-1999 Bradley Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow, James Madison College, Michigan State University.

Teaching Interests

2007-13 Associate Professor, SUNY New Paltz. Introduction to Comparative Politics, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, Women & Politics, European Politics, Model UN, Capstone Seminar in Comparative Politics.

1999-2006 Assistant Professor, SUNY New Paltz. Introduction to Comparative Politics, Research Methods, Nationalism, Russian Politics, European Politics.

1997-9 Bradley Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, James Madison College, Michigan State University. American Foreign Policy, Comparative Foreign Policy.

1995-7 Instructor, Political Science Department, Michigan State University. PLS 358: Politics of the USSR and its Successor States, Introduction to Comparative Politic

Research/Creative Activity

Kathleen M. Dowley is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, and Director of the SUNY Model European Union Program. She writes regularly on ethnopolitics and democratic governance in the post communist region of Europe and Eurasia.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

SUNY Office of Diversity, “Diversity and Academic Excellence” grant, 2013-2014, for conference on interdisciplinary programs and diversity on SUNY campuses.

SUNY Conversations in the Discipline Award, 2008-09, for conference on teaching and research on the European Union in SUNY.

APSA Small Research Project Grant, national political science association award to conduct research in at Local Government Reform Initiative in Budapest, Summer 2002.

Faculty Creative Projects Award, faculty development grants, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007.

Bradley Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, James Madison College, M.S.U, 1997-1999.

Moscow State University Visiting Scholar, Winter-Spring 1995.

Nomination for All-University Graduate Teaching Award, James Madison College, 1994.

Graduate Office Fellowship, 1991-92, 1995, Michigan State University, Political Science Dept.


“Support for Europe Among Europe’s Ethnic, Religious and Immigrant Minorities,” Kathleen M. Dowley and Brian D. Silver, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, (2011) 23 (3): 315-337.

“Local Government Transparency in East Central Europe,” Kathleen M. Dowley, Local Government Studies, volume 32, no. 5, (November 2006).

“Nation-Building in East Central Europe: Civic or Ethnic Majorities?” Kathleen M. Dowley, Chapter 5, Political Economy of Transition in Eurasia, Norman A. Graham and Folke Lindahl, editors, (Michigan State University Press, April 2006).

“Cross-National Survey Research and Subnational Pluralism,” Kathleen M. Dowley and Brian D. Silver, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, vol. 17, no. 2, (Summer 2005).

“Social Capital, Ethnicity and Support for Democracy in the Post Communist States,”
Kathleen M. Dowley and Brian D. Silver, Europe-Asia Studies, June 2002, vol. 54, no. 4, republished in Gabriel Badescu and Eric M. Uslaner, editor, Social Capital and the Transition to Democracy, (Routledge Publishers 2003).

Guest Editor, International Peacekeeping Yearbook, volume 7, proceedings of the Mohonk International Peace Conference, “Reconsidering the International Commission on Kosovo,” Kathleen M. Dowley, Klumer Law International (2001).

“Subnational and National Loyalty: Cross-National Comparisons,” Kathleen M. Dowley and Brian D. Silver, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, vol. 12, no. 4, (December 2000).

“Redistributing Authority in Russia: Regional Governors’ Preferences,” by Kathleen M. Dowley. Chapter in Re-Distribution of Authority: A Cross-Regional Perspective, Jeanie J. Bukowski and Swarna Rajagopalan, editors, Praeger: Westport (June 2000).

“Measuring Political Culture in Multiethnic Societies: Reaggregating the World Values Survey,” with Brian D. Silver, Comparative Political Studies (May 2000).

“Postmaterialism in World Societies: Is It Really a Value Dimension?” Darren W. Davis, Kathleen M. Dowley, Brian D. Silver, American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 43, No. 3, (1999).

“Striking the Federal Bargain in Russia: Comparative Regional Government Strategies,” Kathleen M. Dowley, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, vol. 31, no. 4 (December 1998).

“Political Activism in Estonia on the Eve of Independence,” Kathleen M. Dowley, Brian D. Silver and Jaak Uuekula in Estonia’s Transition from State Socialism: Nationalities and Society on the Eve of Independence, Mikk Titma, Brian D. Silver and Barbara Anderson (eds.), vol. 26, no. 2, (Summer 1996) of the International Journal of Sociology.

“Michigan Families: Perceptions of the Causes of Divorce and Single-Parenthood,” Katherine O’Sullivan See and Kathleen M. Dowley, Michigan State of the State Briefing Papers, no. 97-25, I.P.P.S.R., Michigan State University, July 1997.

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

Director, SUNY Model European Union Program, Associate Director of the Institute for European Union Studies at SUNY, 2007-2011.

Faculty Advisor, SUNY New Paltz-Vesalius College Summer European Union Studies Internship program in Brussels, Belgium (2011).

Faculty Advisor, SUNY New Paltz Summer Study Abroad Program, St. Petersburg, Russia (June 2004).

ICPSR Official Campus Representative, maintain and facilitate faculty and student requests for access to data housed at the Inter University Consortium, attend bi annual meetings in Ann Arbor (2002-present).

Coordinator, Mohonk International Peace Conference: Lessons from the Crisis in Kosovo. Coordinated the visit of the Independent Commission on Kosovo to Mohonk in December 2000 to present and debate their final report. Conference was jointly sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York and SUNY New Paltz.