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Doug Harris joined Loyola’s political science department in the Fall of 2002 after having been assistant professor of government, politics, and political economy at the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to that, he was also a visiting faculty member at Colgate University and Johns Hopkins University. His research on congressional leadership, party and media politics, and American political history has been published in several scholarly journals and edited collections. He is co-author of The Austin-Boston Connection: Fifty Years of House Democratic Leadership (Texas A&M University Press, 2009) and co-editor of Doing Archival Research: A New Mode of Research in Political Science (forthcoming from Cambria Press). Active in his discipline, Harris served as guest editor of a symposium for the journal P.S.: Political Science and Politics and he has been a member of the Program Committee of the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association since 2006 as co-chair of the section on “Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Social Movements.”
At Loyola, Harris teaches courses on Congress, American political parties, media and politics, public policy, and American political development. And, he has taught an introductory American politics course, called “Political Conversations: Pursuing the Common Good in America,” in Loyola’s Alpha Program for the last eight years. Committed to students, he has directed the Political Science Internship Program, mentored students in numerous independent research projects, and moderated several student organizations including Loyola’s Omicron Mu chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society); under his direction in 2006, Loyola won a “best chapter” award from the national Pi Sigma Alpha organization. Associate professor of political science since 2006, he chaired the department in 2010-2011.
Dedicated to Loyola and its Jesuit mission, Harris has been a member of the Academic Senate, the Honors Executive Board, the Faculty Affairs Committee, and an ex officio member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the Center for the Humanities Steering Committee In 2009, he participated in the “Faculty Seminar on Ignatian Pedagogy and Interdisciplinary Teaching” and, in 2010, he was one of several Loyola faculty members to attend the “Eastern Conversations” conference of faculty from East coast Jesuit institutions to discuss academics, mission, and identity in Jesuit education. He was appointed director of Loyola’s Honors Program in 2010 after having been assistant director since 2008; he left this position (and chair of political science) to become co-director of Messina
Michael Puma was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After spending four years as an assistant director of student life in Campion Tower and the Gardens Area, Puma moved into the Associate Director of Student Life for Living Learning Initiatives position. In that position, Puma helped to facilitate Loyola's First-Year Living Learning Communities and the Ad Infinitum Sophomore Community in Campion Tower. He also coordinated the professional staff search recruitment, selection, and training as well as the peer education initiatives for Student Life. Recently, Puma was named the student development co-director of Loyola’s universal, first-year, living-learning program that will start in fall 2013. Previously, he served as a resident director at Le Moyne College.
While at Loyola, Puma has taken part in several retreats and immersion trips including UNITE, Spring Break Outreach to Cumberland, MD, Fries, VA, and New Orleans, LA and the Encuentra El Salvador trip in May 2005. He also served as president of Loyola's Phi Beta Kappa chapter from 2009-11 and is a member of OUT Loyola - Loyola's LGBTQ group for faculty, staff and administrators.
In June 2005, Puma received the Ignatian Medal for an Outstanding New Professional in Jesuit Student Affairs from JASPA (Jesuit Association of Student Personnel). From 2009 to 2011, he served as treasurer of the Maryland College Personnel Association. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Maryland, College Park.
A proud Alumna, Katelin studies political science and philosophy at Loyola University Maryand. During her undergraduate career, she served as a Campus Ministry Intern and as a member of the Relay for Life committee. She also took part in Loyola's many service opportunities including immersion trips Spring Break Outreach (Mississippi and Virginia) and UNITE: Retreat to the Streets (Baltimore, MD), and volunteered regularly at Baltimore's Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. She also spent a semester abroad in Southeast Asia through Loyola's Study Abroad Bangkok program. After graduation, she completed a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Bethel, AK, and returned to the "lower 48" to complete a second year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Baltimore, MD. She is thrilled to be back at Loyola working to support the Messina Initiative.