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Jonah Ralston
Associate Professor

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Current Position

2020-Present, Associate Professor of Political Science
2015-Present, Public Policy and Administration Coordinator
2014-2020, Assistant Professor of Political Science


2013, Ph.D. in American Politics and Public Policy, Michigan State University
2010, M.A. in Political Science, Michigan State University
2008, M.A. in International Affairs, Washington University in St. Louis
2005, B.S. in Economics and Finance, Illinois State University

Research Interests

Public policy with a specific focus on science and environmental policy, state politics, and voting behavior

Courses Taught (UW-Whitewater)

Global Perspectives, American Government and Politics, Politics of Urban Inequality in the U.S., Political Science Research Methods, Public Policy Analysis, Formation of Public Policy, Science Policy and Human Health, U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy, Seminar in Public Administration

Professional Experience

State of Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau
2013-2014, Program Analyst (Nonpartisan)

The Boeing Company
2005-2008, Analyst in the Business Career Foundation Program (Chinook Supplier Management and Procurement, V-22 Osprey Business Operations, Japan CH-47 Contracts, Integrated Defense Systems Financial Accounting, Joint Direct Attack Missiles Contracts and Pricing, F-18 Business Operations)

Economic Development Council of the Bloomington-Normal Area
2004-2005, Research Intern