Shoup named head of MSU’s PSPA department

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Brian Shoup (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — A Mississippi State faculty member with more than a decade of research and service in comparative politics and public policy is the new head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the university.

Associate Professor Brian D. Shoup officially began his role as department head on July 1 after serving as acting department head since last summer.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Rick Travis said Shoup “knows the scope of the department well.”

“I am very excited about the leadership he brings to the department and look forward to working with him in the years to come,” said Travis.

Shoup said he plans to continue the department’s service in Mississippi as a “leading center for service-oriented research, outreach, and teaching.”

“Our faculty and staff are truly exceptional, and we are very fortunate to have students who are committed to using the lessons learned here at MSU to make our communities and our country stronger and more civically engaged,” said Shoup. “I am grateful and honored to have been selected as Head of Department for PSPA.”

Shoup previously served as the department’s academic advisor for the Mississippi Model Security Council and undergraduate coordinator.

He got his doctorate. in political science with a major in comparative politics and public policy from Indiana University and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. His main research interests are ethnic conflict, state and nation building, and the politics of sub-Saharan Africa.

He is the author of “Conflict and Cooperation in Multi-Ethnic States: Institutional Incentives, Myths, and Counterbalancing” (Routledge, 2007), part of the Asian Security Studies series, and co-edited another book by the series – “US-Indian strategic cooperation in the 21st century: more than words.”

Shoup’s work has appeared in journals and publications such as Perspectives on Politics, Democratization, Journal of Democracy, and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics.

MSU’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration prepares students for a range of careers from government and public service work to management options in the private sector. The Master of Public Policy and Administration prepares students for leadership and leadership positions in state, city, and national government and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

The department’s doctorate. The program in Public Policy and Administration is a research-oriented degree that prepares students for careers as scholars and researchers. Part of MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, full details of the department can be found at

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