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