Title: Professor and Chair
Concentration: International Relations, Comparative Government
Education: Ph.D. University of Geneva
Office: Stevenson 2070F
Phone: (707) 664-2676
Professor McNamara completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After obtaining an MA degree in International Relations, he went on for his Ph.D. in Political Science at Hautes Etudes Internationales (Graduate Institute for International Studies) at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His dissertation work at the time took him to Central America where he researched the link between the region’s civil wars and the politics of asylum in United States foreign policy. In addition to teaching in the Political Science Department at Sonoma State University, Professor McNamara has also been actively involved in public health issues. He served as a Commisisoner on the Sonoma County Commission on AIDS, co-chaired the Sonoma County HIV Prevention Planning Group, and co-authored "Sonoma County 3-year Plan for HIV Prevention."
Professor McNamara is an enthusiastic promoter of international travel (particularly in the developing world) for students seeking a meaningful education.
- POLS 200: American Political System
- POLS 345: Model United Nations
- POLS 444: United States Foreign Policy
- POLS 450: Politics of Asia
- POLS 452: Third World Political Systems
- POLS 453: Politics of Latin America
- POLS 498: Senior Seminar
In addition to numerous scholarly papers, published works include: “Global Perspectives on AIDS,” “The Joint United Nations Program on AIDS,” and AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean: New Challenges for United States Foreign Policy.”
Current research interests include the rise of civil society in developing world politics.