Political Science and Public Administration

Faculty & Staff

Dr. David S. Wilson

Undergraduate Advisor (L-Z)
Associate Professor

Myparticular field of interest is comparative politics, primarily the politics of advanced democratic nations. I am fascinated by the wide variety of ways in which nations organize their political life in order to address their political, economic and social problems. Comparing political systems is of value in at least three ways. First, by identifying similarities among nations, we can begin to develop generalizations about what countries have in common and what they can learn from each other. Second, by identifying differences among nations, we can acquire insight into the uniqueness of each human society, and gain a better understanding and appreciation of the remarkable diversity of the modern world. Finally, it is just plain fun to learn about other countries, and I think it is always valuable to keep in mind that ours is not the only, nor necessarily the best, way in which to govern a nation.


  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • M.A., Cornell University
  • B.A., Dartmouth College

Outstanding Teacher Award

  • 1986

Master Teacher

  • 1991


  • Government of Canada - PSC 4630/5630
  • American National Government - PSC 1200
  • Government of Great Britain - PSC 2610
  • Comparative Government - PSC 4610/5610
  • Continental European Democracies - PSC 2620
Last Updated: 1/4/17