Chair for the Department of Political Science
Dr. Richard Johnson serves as the Chair for the department of Political Science. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Springfield with a B.A. in Political Studies (1985) and an M.A. in Political Studies from the same institution in 1987. He completed his education with a doctoral degree from Arizona State University in 1995 with an emphasis on American and Comparative Politics. He has taught at OCU for fourteen years; previously he was on staff at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. His research interests include the role of money and politics, political leadership, and legislative behavior. Dr. Johnson teaches most of the core American government courses such as the Campaign Seminar, Legislative Behavior, and State and Local Government as well as courses related to Southeast Asia and Comparative Politics. Dr. Johnson has been recognized as an excellent teacher, including an award from the Oklahoma Political Science Association as its "Teacher of the Year Award" in 1994.
Currently Dr. Johnson serves as the sponsor for Pi Sigma Alpha, Young Democrats, and the Oklahoma City University chapter of the Oklahoma Inter-Collegiate Legislature. He remains active in local politics within the Democratic party, holds numerous positions within the Oklahoma Political Science Association, is a member of the American Association of University Professors, and is also active in his church.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Mohamed Daadaoui graduated with a PhD in Political Science at the University of Oklahoma in 2008. He graduated from the University Of Caddi Ayyad Morocco with a B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics (1998), and an M.A. in Political Science, with a focus on Middle East Studies from the University of Arkansas in 2002. His research interests include comparative politics, international relations, international security, political Islam, democratization, US Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the prevalence of authoritarianism in MENA. Mohamed has contributed a chapter to the Encyclopedia of Children and Women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa. He is also the author of “The Western Sahara Conflict: Towards a Constructivist Approach to the Self-Determination Discourse,” published in The Journal of North African Studies. Dr. Daadaoui recently published a peer-reviewed article: Mohamed Daadaoui. "Rituals of Power and Political Parties in Morocco: Limited Elections as Positional Strategies," the Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Vol.46 (2), March 2010. His book has been out since August entitled: Moroccan Monarchy and the Islamist Challenge: Maintaining Makhzen Power.