Alison McCartney, Ph.D.


Alison McCartney

Contact Info

CLA 3230


Ph.D. University of Virginia
Foreign Affairs
M.A. University of Virginia
Foreign Affairs
B.A. Syracuse University
Major - Political Science;
Minor - History

Areas of Expertise

European Politics,
German, Polish and
Russian Foreign Policy,
European Union,
Civic Engagement

Scholarship, Research, Publications and Creative Activities


  • McCartney, Alison Rios Millett, Elizabeth Bennion and Dick W. Simpson, eds., Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen, American Political Science Association: Washington, D.C., February 2013
  • McCartney, Alison R.M., “Teaching Civic Engagement: Debates, Definitions, Benefits, and Challenges,” in McCartney, Bennion, and Simpson, eds., Teaching Civic Engagement, February 2013: 9-20
  • McCartney, Alison R.M. with Sivan Chaban, “Bringing the World Home: Effectively Connecting Civic Engagement and International Relations,” in McCartney, Bennion, and Simpson, eds., Teaching Civic Engagement, February 2013: 259-277
  • Quick, Robyn and Alison McCartney, “A Case Study of Russian Theater and Politics,” Journal of Dramaturgy, vol. 20, no. 1 (Winter 2009/2010): 11-13
  • McCartney, Alison R. M., “German Election Resonates for U.S.” Baltimore Sun, Op-ed, 29 September 2009
  • McCartney, Alison R. M., “Making the World Real: Using a Civic Engagement Course to Bring Home Our Global Connections,” Journal of Political Science Education, vol. 2, no.1 (January 2006): 113-128
  • McCartney, Alison R. M., “Fostering Student Learning for Everyone on Presentation Day: How to Move Beyond Daydreaming and Friendship,” Political Science Educator, vol. 10, no. 3: April 2006: 2
  • McCartney, Alison R. M., Review of Germany's Foreign Policy Towards Poland and the Czech Republic: Ostpolitik Revisited, by Karl Cordell and Stefan Wolff (London: Routledge, 2005) in Journal of Contemporary European Studies, vol. 14, no. 1 (April 2006): 116-118
  • Frederking, Lauretta, Christopher Malone, and Alison R.M. McCartney, “APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Track Summaries: Track One: Civic Engagement,” PS: Political Science and Politics 39, no. 3 (July 2005): 415-416
  • McCartney, Alison R. M., Review of German Foreign Policy and Eastern Enlargement of the European Union in the Kohl Era, by Stephen Collins, in Debatte: Review Of Contemporary German Affairs, 12, no. 1, (Spring 2004)
  • McCartney, Alison R. M., “International Structure Versus Domestic Politics: Understanding the Determinants of German Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era,” International Politics, vol. 39, no 2, March 2002: 101-110. (review essay)
  • Millett, Alison Rios, "German Unification: Costs and Consequences," in Europe and Germany: Unity and Diversity, ed. Kenneth W. Thompson, Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1994: 129-146
  • Millett, Alison Rios, Review of Polish Foreign Policy Reconsidered: Challenges of Independence, ed. Ilya Prizel and Andrew Michta (London: Macmillan Press Ltd, 1995), in Demokratizatsiya, vol. IV, no. 2, Spring 1996 : 312-313

Creative Activities

  • Co-chair, Towson University-Baltimore County Public Schools Model United Nations Conference program, 2002-present Conference Presentations (since 2001): “Does That Really Matter to Me? Fostering Global-Local Learning, High School-Collegiate Partnerships, and Global Citizenship,” American Democracy Project /The Democracy Project Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, 5-7 June 2014
  • “Leadership Development through Active-Learning Simulations," European Union Studies Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, 10 May 2013
  • “Connecting Civic Engagement and International Relations Pedagogy: An Effective Combination?” Presentation at the American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, 1-4 September 2011
  • “What Happens After Graduation? An Evaluation of the Impacts of Civic Engagement Courses on Post-College Practices, ” American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 11-13 February 2011
  • “Borders and Identities: Germans and Poles as Neighbors in a Changing European Landscape,” Redoubtable Dons, Towson University, Towson, MD, 22 October 2010
  • “Civic, Community or Political Engagement? Parameters of Debates and Definitions in Our Discipline,” American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 5-7 February 2010
  • “The German Minority in Poland: Bridge or Barrier in German-Polish Relations?” International Studies Association-Northeast Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, 3-5 October 2008
  • “Combining Civic Engagement and Traditional Research: A Second Option,”American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose, CA, 21-24 February 2008
  • “Where Civic Engagement is Forgotten: How We Can Practice What We Preach in International Relations,” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 31 August-3 September 2006
  • “Encouraging Leadership and Learning Through the ICONS Simulation: Students Teaching Students At Undergraduate Institutions” with J. Hardin, American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, DC, 17-20 February 2006
  • “Making the World Real: Using a Civic Engagement Course to Bring Home Our Global Connections,” American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Bethesda, MD, 18-21 February 2005
  • “German Foreign Policy, European Integration, and German-Polish Economic Relations” Second International Conference on European and International Political and Economic Affairs, Athens, Greece, 27-29 May 2004
  • “Connecting the Classroom Experience to the Community,” National Conference on Undergraduate Research, 1 Indianapolis, Indiana 4-16 April 2004
  • “Civic Engagement in International Relations: Bringing University and High Schools Students Together Through the United Nations,” 2004 Lilly Conference-East on College and University Teaching, Towson, MD, 2-3 April 2004
  • “European Integration and German-Polish Economic Relations: A Key to European Stability in the Twenty-First Century,” German Studies Association Annual Conference, Arlington, VA, 4-7 October 2001
  • “Neorealist Claims and German Foreign Policy: The Case of German-Polish Economic Relations in the Post-Cold War Era,” International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference, Chicago, 21-24 February 2001

Workshops/Short Courses Led/Created

  • “Faculty and Student-Citizen Researchers, Unite!Fostering Global-Local Citizens While Encouraging Student and Faculty Development,” with C. Jensen, National Society for Experiential Education, Baltimore, MD, 30 September 2014
  • “Teaching Civic Engagement: Tools for Educators and Researchers,” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, 28 August-1 September 2013
  • “Teaching Civic Engagement: An Introduction,” American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Long Beach, CA, 5-7 February 2013