Our Faculty

Petros Vamvakas

Associate Professor of Political Science; Department of Political Science and International Studies


Contact Information

617 975-9366


Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 460

Office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; other times by appointment

Education

Ph.D., Boston University; M.A., Northeastern University; B.A., Suffolk University


Bio

I like to think of myself primarily as a teacher, because "he who teaches learns and he who learns teaches." I teach all of the comparative politics courses as well as courses in political theory and the introductory courses in international relations. I am also the advisor to the Emmanuel College Model United Nations club.

Teaching Experience

I teach courses in Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory in the Department of Political Science. I have developed a number of courses in the subfields of International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory, among them Street Democracy, European Politics, International Law and Organizations, and a Travel Course: In the Steps of Thucydides. I have also taught in the RISE program at Emmanuel every summer term since 2007. I have served as the Co-Coordinator of the Global Studies and International Affairs program since 2009 and as Academic Advisor to the Emmanuel College Model United Nations Club since 2004. I sit on a number of faculty committees, to include Academic Affairs, Curriculum, Scholarship & Fellowship and more recently have been elected by my peers to be President of the Faculty Senate, a committee on which I have served since 2007 as a member. In the summer of 2010 I applied for and was accepted to be Coordinator of the new ecEdge program, aimed at increasing retention and academic success for first generation college students.

Advising + Mentoring

  • 2004 to Present - Academic Advisor, EC Model United Nations Club: Since 2004, I have collaborated with students to build the ECMUN Club from a start-up club to a very active and competitive team. ECMUN has competed annually in the Harvard Model UN (Boston), University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), and Midwest (Chicago), representing Emmanuel with distinction. The team and individual members have won awards for individual as well as team.
  • Undergraduate Research Assistants: Since 2005, I have supervised and/or collaborated with a number of Undergraduate Research Assistants which have been instrumental in my work and have gone on to present their work. In the past five years six undergraduates student researchers have presented their work at professional conferences at: New England Political Science Association; Midwest Political Science Association; and Northeastern Political Science Association.
  • Directed Studies: During the last six years I have supervised independent studies for seven students.
  • Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship: As Emmanuel College coordinator of the Carnegie Endowment Jr. Fellowship on campus and as a member of the Fellowship and Scholarship Committee, I have advised and assisted five students during the last three years submit their respective applications as the Emmanuel College-sponsored applicants for the national award.
  • Spring 2006 - Academic Advisor, Emmanuel College Republican Club: Agreed to serve as interim Academic Advisor to the EC Republican Club while they sought a permanent advisor.

Courses I Teach

  • POLSC 1401 - Introduction to International Relations
  • POLSC 1401_OL - Introduction to International Relations
  • POLSC 1501 - Political Theory and Analysis
  • POLSC 2301 - Latin American Politics
  • POLSC 2409 - Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLSC2413 - International Law and Organizations
  • POLSC 2415 - In the Steps of Thucydides
  • POLSC 2503 - Revolution and Nationalism
  • POLSC 3301 - Comparative Politics of Developing Countries
  • POLSC 3303 - Street Democracy
  • FYS 1101_30 - Clash of Civilizations
  • FYS 1101_42 - 1968 From the Barricades to the Ballot Box
  • IDS 1102 - Current Issues Seminar

Publications + Presentations

  • Vamvakas, Petros, "Global Insider: The Turkey-Greece Airspace Dispute," World Politics Review, July 26, 2010, http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/trend-lines/6126/global-insider-the-turkey-greece-airspace-dispute
  • Vamvakas, Petros, "Turkey's ISAF mission: A maverick with strategic depth," Statebuilding in Afghanistan Multinational Contributions to Reconstruction, edited by Nik Hynek, Péter Marton, Routledge Press, July 2011.
  • Vamvakas, Petros, "Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi: Turkey's Neoconservatives," Northeastern Political Science Association, November 11, 2010, Conference Paper
  • Conference Paper, "The Babel of European Identity " New England Political Science Association, April 2007. NATO Briefing Organized by the Public Diplomacy Division NATO countries, NATO HQ, Brussels Belgium, January 15, 2007
  • Conference Paper, "Back to the Future: The Resurgence of National Identity in Unified Europe" 4th Annual History Conference sponsored by ATINER, Athens Greece, December 2006.
  • Chair/Discussant, "Bullets into Ballots: Electoral Politics and Political Conflict" Conference Paper, Neoliberalism and Street Democracy: A counter-democratic Process," NPSA, Boston, MA, November 2006.
  • Conference Paper, "Alliance Membership and the Threats to Democracy post- September 11, 2001," MPSA, Chicago, IL, April 2006.
  • Chair Discussant, "Crisis, Instability and Democratic Breakdown," MPSA, Chicago, IL, April 2006
  • Conference Paper, "Street Democracy and Neoliberalism in Latin America," MPSA, Chicago, IL, April 2006.
  • Conference Paper, "Alliance Membership and the Threats to Democracy post- September 11, 2001," MPSA, Chicago, IL, April 2006.
  • Discussant, "Crisis, Instability and Democratic Breakdown," MPSA, Chicago, IL, April 2006

Grants + Recognition

  • Emmanuel College, Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award 2008-2009.
  • Emmanuel College, Advisor of the Year 2007-2008.

Research Focus

My work has concentrated on issues of security and democratization as well as international law and the role of international institutions in the domestic arena. I am particularly interested in Southeastern Europe and Latin America.