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Dr. Mark Gentry

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    Position: Department Chair, Associate Professor of Political Science

    Department: History and Political Science

    Office: Scotus 314

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    814.472.3059

    About Dr. Mark Gentry

    Education

    • M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina
    • B.A., Centre College

    Research interests

    The intersection of U.S. foreign economic policy and national security policy
    The evolution of U.S. hegemony in the international political economy
    The roles of ideas and interests in the formulation of foreign policy

    Politics and policy regarding the behavior of the United States Trade Representative in the conduct of U.S. trade policy

    Scholarship

    Conference presentation: “Trade Enforcement Actions of the U.S Trade Representative, 2001-2016: Continuity and Change in U.S. Trade Policy.” Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Political Science Association.

    Conference presentation: “The Obama Doctrine: A 21st Century Foreign Policy Confronts a 19th Century World (With a Case Study of U.S. Foreign Policy toward Russia).” Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association.

    Conference presentation: “The “Setback” to the U.S.-Russian “Reset”: The Domestic and International Limits to a Liberal Institutionalist Foreign Policy.” Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the ISSS-ISAC.

    Conference presentation: “The Domestic Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy toward Russia.” Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association.

    Conference presentation: “Trade Enforcement Activities of the USTR under the George W. Bush Administration.” Paper presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association.

    Conference presentation: “U.S. Government Export Financing.” Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association-International Studies Northeast Region.

    Conference presentation: “U.S. Foreign Economic Policy: Congress and the U.S. Export-Import Bank 1991-1997.” Paper presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association – Midwest Region.

    Professional experiences

    Chair, History/Political Science Department, 2008-2017
    Participant, Council on Foreign Relations College and University Educators’ Workshop, 2017
    Participant, Penn State Academic Leadership Academy, 2014
    Member, American Political Science Association, current
    Member, International Studies Association, current

    Courses taught
    PLSC 103 – World Politics
    PLSC 211 – Democracy and Dictatorship: Comparative Politics in the Modern World
    PLSC 221 – War and Peace: International Relations in the Modern World
    PLSC 223 – U.S. Foreign Policy
    PLSC 312 – Public Policy Analysis
    PLSC 421 – International Law
    PLSC 433 – Foundations of Political Theory
    CORE 407 – Presidential Election 2016
    CORE 407 – War, What’s It Good For
    CORE 407 – Global Capitalism: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    • Teaching & Research
    • Publications
    • Professional Activities
    Teaching & Research

    Courses Taught

    • PLSC 103: World Politics
    • PLSC 211: Comparative Government
    • PLSC 221: International Relations
    • PLSC 223: Conduct of U.S. Foreign Policy
    • PLSC 433: Foundations of Political Theory

    Research Interests

    • International and Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy
    • United States Foreign Policy (Executive-Legislative Relations, Domestic Politics)
    • Domestic Politics of Trade Policy, Foreign Assistance, and Economic Sanctions
    • Trade Policy and Economic Statecraft under Conditions of Interdependence and Globalization

    Selected Institutional Service

    • Faculty Advisor, Current Affairs Club
    • Faculty Advisor, Pi Sigma Alpha
    • Political Science Curriculum Committee
    Publications

    Recent Scholarly Activities

    • “Changing Trends in the Evolution of U.S. Foreign Investment Promotion Policies: The Overseas Private Investment Corporation in the 1990s.” Paper Presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association, April 2-3, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
    • “The Role of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation in U.S. Foreign Policy.” Paper presented at the 2003 International Studies Association-Midwest Annual Conference, November 7-8, St. Louis, MO.
    • “Leadership and Hegemony.” Panel Chair and Discussant. 2003 International Studies Association-Midwest Annual Conference, November 7-8, St. Louis, MO.
    Professional Activities

    Professional Memberships

    • American Political Science Association
    • International Studies Association
    • Northeastern Political Science Association