Faculty Profile

Edward Webb

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies (2007), Department Chair

Contact Information

webbe@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 202
717.245.1009
http://dickinson.academia.edu/EdWebb

Bio

His teaching and research activities are mainly in Middle East politics, comparative politics and international relations. He contributes to Middle East Studies and Security Studies. He has particular interests in the interaction of religions and politics and the politics of education, as well as authoritarianism and empire. His interest in pedagogical applications of new technologies, including simulations, games, and social media, has led to him being appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. A former diplomat, he has lived and worked in the Middle East and Europe. Recent publications: Professor Webb contributed a chapter on “Totalitarianism and Authoritarianism” to 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook, edited by Ishiyama & Breuning (2011) and a chapter, “Should the Daleks Be Exterminated?” (with Mark Wardecker) to Doctor Who and Philosophy, edited by Smithka & Lewis (2010). His article “Engaging Students with Engaging Tools” was published in Educause Quarterly in 2009.

Education

  • B.A., Cambridge University, 1992
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2003
  • Ph.D., 2007

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

POSC 120 American Government
A basic introductory course in American federal government which emphasizes its structure and operation. Special attention is given to the executive, legislative, and judicial processes.

POSC 170 International Relations
Cross-listed with INST 170-02.

INST 170 International Relations
Cross-listed with POSC 170-02.

POSC 180 Political Philosophy
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-01.

PHIL 180 Political Philosophy
Cross-listed wtih POSC 180-01.

WGST 202 Advoc Org/Soc Mvmt/Politics ID
Cross-listed with POSC 290-05.Advocacy organizations/social movements as agents of political change in American politics. Course discusses organizations/movements that represent racial/ethnic minorities, women, religious conservatives, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and low-income people.

MEST 266 Intl Pol of the Middle East
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and POSC 277-01.

INST 277 Intl Pol of the Middle East
Cross-listed with MEST 266-01 and POSC 277-01.

POSC 277 Intl Pol of the Middle East
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and MEST 266-01.

POSC 290 Advod Org/Soc Mvmt/Politics ID
Cross-listed with WGST 202-02.Advocacy organizations/social movements as agents of political change in American politics. Course discusses organizations/movements that represent racial/ethnic minorities, women, religious conservatives, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and low-income people.

INST 401 Empire
Empires may seem to belong to history, but they have shaped today’s political order and globalizing economy. Few parts of the world have been untouched by empire. Some argue that the United States is or should be an empire, whether they see it as benign or malign. What does empire mean today? Participants will critically assess diverse materials to come to their own conclusions about the analytical utility of the concept of empire, and how they can best apply it to understand issues that matter in world politics today. Students will produce research papers examining how empire affects their areas of specialization, in preparation for discussion at the oral examination in the spring.