May 15, 2018, BY Beth Kaszuba

Michael James stands before shelves full of books.
Professor Michael James has been appointed associate dean of faculty for the Division of Social Sciences in Bucknell's College of Arts & Sciences. Photo by Brett Simpson

Professor Michael James, political science, has been appointed associate dean of faculty for the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences, a role he will assume beginning Aug. 1.

James, who holds a doctorate from Duke University, joined the Department of Political Science in 1999 and served as chair from 2014 to 2017. His teaching and research focuses on contemporary democratic theory, theories of political representation, theories of immigration and the philosophy of race.

James' book Deliberative Democracy and the Plural Polity was nominated for several prizes, including the American Political Science Association's Ralph J. Bunche and Giovanni Sartori awards. James' research has also been published in journals such as Political Research Quarterly, the Journal of Politics, Polity and the European Journal of Political Theory.

"I hope to address some of the big challenges facing the social sciences and to find greater resources to support teaching and scholarship in this division," James said, adding that he plans to work with Karl Voss, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and fellow associate deans "to help articulate the core identity and commitments of the Division of Social Sciences and the College of Arts & Sciences as a whole."