J. Cherie Strachan


J. Cherie Strachan received her doctorate in political science from the State University of New York at Albany in 2000. She is currently Co-Director of the Civic Engagement Division, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and the Assistant Dean for the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central Michigan University . She is the author of High-Tech Grassroots: The Professionalization of Local Elections, as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

Her recent publications focus on the role of civility in a democratic society, as well as on college-level civic education interventions intended to enhance students' civic skills and identities. Her applied research, which focuses on facilitating student-led deliberative discussions sessions and on enhancing campus civil society, has resulted in an affiliation with the Kettering Foundation.

She is also the co-founder of the Consortium for Inter-Campus SoTL Research, which facilitates cross-campus data collection for civic engagement and pedagogy research in political science.

Dr. Strachan served as the Assistant Dean for the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Honors Courses

  • Civil Society & Politics
  • Interest Groups
  • Women & Politics
  • Strategic Campaign Communication

Undergraduate Courses

  • Civil Society & Politics
  • Freshmen Year Experience
  • Deliberative Extracurricular Sessions 
  • Political Behavior
  • Communication in Political Decision Making
  • Persuasion in Public Relations
  • Political Parties
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Lobbying/Interest Groups
  • Mass Media and American Politics 
  • Women in American Politics
  • Introduction to American Government, Writing Intensive
  • Communication and Political Science Internships, Writing Intensive

Graduate Courses

  • Scholarly Traditions in Political Science
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Communication in Political Decision-Making
  • Communication and Citizen Participation
  • Theories and Research in Political Communication
  • Lobbying/Interest Groups
  • Political Science Internships