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International Political Economy

Faculty

  • Arthur I. Cyr

    A. W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor of Political Economy and World Business; Director, A.W. Clausen Center for World Business; Director, International Political Economy Program; Professor of Political Science

    Arthur I. Cyr is the director of the A.W. Clausen Center for World Business at Carthage, a first-class learning facility that prepares students for business leadership in our global economy.

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  • Brent McClintock

    Chair of the Economics Department; Associate Professor of Economics

    Professor Brent McClintock, an economist and attorney, has worked as a senior economic analyst with the New Zealand Treasury, and his studies focused on international and intellectual property law. His teaching includes macroeconomics, international political economy, public policy, business law, and international trade law.

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  • Jan Owens

    Chair, Management and Marketing Department; Associate Professor of Management and Marketing

    Professor Owens enjoys teaching courses in Consumer Behavior, Marketing Research, and Marketing Communications, and supervising senior thesis projects. Her research interests focus on marketing strategy; branding and private label development; retail and pricing strategy; and database and interactive marketing. 

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  • Kurt Piepenburg

    R. William Miller Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences; Chair, Geospatial Science Department; Professor of Geospatial Science

    Professor Kurt Piepenburg teaches courses in geomorphology, meteorology, physical geography, remote sensing, and field methods. He previously served Carthage as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.

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  • Jeffrey Roberg

    Chair, Political Science Department; Professor of Political Science

    Professor Jeffrey Roberg’s research and teaching previously focused primarily on the former Soviet Union and its successor states, exploring issues of human rights, nuclear proliferation, the safety of civilian and military nuclear programs in the United States and the former Soviet Union, and the relationship of the Soviet scientific community and political elites.

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  • Richard Sperber

    Associate Professor of Modern Languages

    Professor Richard Sperber teaches both German and Spanish at Carthage. His teaching and research interests include colonial and postcolonial studies, Pacific studies, the Spanish Civil War, 19th and 20th century German literature, and 20th century Spanish literature.

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  • Thomas Groleau

    Professor of Management and Marketing

    Professor Thomas Groleau has taught courses in statistics, strategy, management science, information systems, and operations management. In addition to teaching, he has worked with several businesses including Kentucky Utilities, Greentree Applied Systems, AptarGroup, and Press-Ganey.

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  • Colleen O’Brien

    Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing

    Professor Colleen O’Brien teaches courses in management and business and technology. She has more than 22 years of experience in corporate finance at SC Johnson and IIT Research Institute (Chicago). She has extensive experience in process improvement, strategic planning, and team leadership/management.

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  • Julio Rivera

    Professor of Management, Marketing, and Geospatial Science

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    Julio Rivera is concerned with helping students understand and research “Big Data” problems and applying different methodologies to their work.  The area of data analytics he focuses on is “Business Geographics” as he integrates a variety of analytic tools in his teaching including Geographic Information Science (GIS), visualization techniques, statistical packages, and spreadsheet programs.  He brings the Business Geographics approach to his courses in Marketing, Statistics, GIS, Data Analytics, and Visualization and challenges students to solve problems rather than memorize answers.

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  • Robert Schlack

    Professor Emeritus of Economics

    Professor Robert Schlack specializes in international political economy, urban and regional economics, institutional economics, and economies in transition. He teaches courses in environmental economics, regional and urban economies, and international trade. 

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    • Carthage’s J-Term offers IPE students opportunities to study business culture in other countries. Recent J-Term study tours have been led by economics, finance, political science, and marketing faculty to such destinations as Sweden, Cuba, Argentina, southern Africa, and Hong Kong.

    • Carthage IPE graduates are working around the globe as computer analysts, financial advisors, investment brokers, international business analysts, mutual fund specialists, and for government and nonprofit organizations. 

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    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
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    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

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    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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