Stephanie Burkhalter

Professor & Chair

Stephanie Burkhalter
(707) 826-3925
FH 135
Ph.D., University of Washington

I joined the faculty of Humboldt State University in 2007 after I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington. I also hold an M.S. in Political Science from University of Oregon and an M.A. in Women’s Studies and Public Policy from the George Washington University. Before becoming an academic, I worked in Washington, D.C. in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, with a trails and parks advocacy group, and at the Library of Congress. While an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, I interned with the subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I encourage any student who wants to pursue a career in American politics to intern in Washington, D.C.

My experience in the U.S. Congress taught me to value the work that members do, especially as they craft policy responses to major issues. My current research focuses on the communication strategies of Congress and the president. I am also interested in the theory and practice of deliberative democracy, and I have co-authored articles on deliberative processes. In 2001, I worked as part of a project advocating for the establishment of institutionalized citizen deliberation in the Washington State initiative process.

In the Department of Politics at Humboldt State I teach mainly in the “Advocacy and Institutions” emphasis; my courses include President and Congress, Media and Public Opinion, and Public Policy Processes. I’m interested in providing opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in research.

Areas of Interest: 

Democratic deliberation, political communication, public policy processes, U.S. Congress

Courses Taught: 
PSCI 110 American Government
PSCI 210 Introduction to U.S. Politics
PSCI 220 Introduction to Political Theory
PSCI 350 The President and Congress
PSCI 354 Media and Public Opinion
PSCI 485 Senior Seminar: From Left to Right