John Mehrtens, PhD

John MehrtensAssociate Professor of Political Science

Office Location: Eckhart Hall 408
Phone Number: 630-844-6166
Email Address:

Teaching Philosophy
My academic interests stem from a desire to understand the strengths and weaknesses of our society by viewing it in the context of the larger international community, particularly with respect to social policy and foreign relations. My emphasis as a teacher is encouraging students to step out of their respective comfort zones and interact with the larger world, both intellectually (confronting new ideas) and literally (traveling, getting involved).

PhD, Political Science – University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
MA, Political Science – University of Nebraska – Lincoln
BA, Business/Economics – University of California – Santa Barbara

Areas of Specialization
International Relations
Comparative Politics

“Three Worlds of Public Opinion? Values, Variation, and the Effect on Social Policy”, International Journal of Public Opinion Research,16/2 (Summer 2004): 115-143
“Laissez-Faire vs. Regulated Capitalism: A Cross-National Analysis of Social Costs”, Sociological Spectrum, 24/3 (May-June 2004): 341-368
“What About North Korea’s Sovereignty?”, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 October 2006
“What Better History?”, New Hampshire Union Leader, 2 February 2009
“The Freedom To Be Young, White, & Stupid”, Kane County Chronicle, 13 August 2013
“Blackhawks Should Lead Out On Mascot Change”, Daily Herald, 22 May 2014
“KVVU Fox 5 News at 10” discussing death of Abu Moussab al Zarqawi, interviewed by Ann Lim, Las Vegas, June 2006
“News One at Nine” with Jeff Gillen, discussing Ukrainian election, Las Vegas One, November 29, 2004
“NewsNight with Aaron Brown”, panel discussion of upcoming presidential election, CNN, October 1, 2004
“The Emperor Has No Clothes: Why The US Is No Longer The ‘Leader Of The Free World’”, UNLV University Forum lecture series, November 30, 2005

Courses Taught
International Relations
US Government
Global Justice
European Politics
Comparative Political Systems
Political Economy
Comparative Anti-Americanism
Nordic Politics
Politics in Film and Literature
Research Methods

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Advisor, Political Students Association
Chair, General Education Committee
Member and Co-founder, Faculty Speaker Series Committee
Coordinator, Global Justice Working Group