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Students in the Department of Political Science have the advantage of a two-tiered advising system. All students are assigned a professional academic advisor, an expert in degree requirements, the university system, and experiential learning opportunities, while faculty serve as mentors in the discipline, guiding students in career, research, and advanced study opportunities. Additionally, pre-law students in our department have the advantage of working with a national leader in pre-law advising, Martha Kirby. Students can schedule advising appointments through MyUI. 


Martha Kirby
344 SH, (319) 335-2347,
Martha Kirby's CV
Martha advises students in international relations, the online political science B.A. program, and political science students interested in attending law school. Should be changed to: Martha advises international relations and political science students who plan to attend law school.

Martha brings over twenty-five years’ experience in undergraduate education to her advising role, with the last ten years in political science. Martha focuses on the full student educational experience, helping students craft their time intentionally to meet their personal, intellectual, and professional goals. In addition to her advising role, Martha directs the CLAS Law School Readiness Program, advises Phi Alpha Delta, the campus pre-law fraternity, and provides regular programming for pre-law students. Martha currently serves as chair-elect of the Pre-Law Advisors National Council, President of the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors, and is a frequent speaker at national pre-law conferences. In her free time Martha enjoys gardening, cooking, entertaining, traveling, and many outdoor pursuits.

Andy Tinkham
342 SH, (319) 335-0013,
Andy Tinkham advises political science, international relations, and the online political science B.A. program. Andy has over 20 years’ experience in undergraduate education at the University of Iowa. In addition to his advising role, Andy coordinates the CLAS Interdepartmental Programs majors.

Honors Advising
Students interested in graduating with honors are encouraged to consult with the Department of Political Science Faculty Honors Advisor. Professor John Nelson is available to discuss ways in which honors students may enhance their undergraduate education through research and other high impact academic activities.


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