Holly A. Gastineau-Grimes, Ph.D.

Holly Gastineau-GrimesHolly Gastineau-Grimes is an assistant professor of political science and directs the First Year Seminar courses (which provide a common experience and introduction to the Franciscan values for all Marian University students). Grimes completed her masters in political science at the University of South Carolina. After working for the Journal of Politics in graduate school, Grimes ventured into publishing and enjoyed working with the Consumer for Dummies series before returning for her Ph.D. at Purdue University.

Dr. Grimes also leads the Marian University Model United Nations student group and course, which provides students with the opportunity to attend a multi-day conference role-playing U.N. delegates, while learning about the politics and culture of another country. As part of the cultural experience, Grimes has taken her students to the annual International Festival in Indianapolis, and local Ethiopian restaurants, Eastern European church services, and fall festivals. She has traveled with students to Charlotte, North Carolina, Chicago, and to the U.N. Headquarters in New York.

Research Interests

Grimes’ research considers the intersection of the welfare state and migration policy, as well as issues of women’s equality and women and politics more broadly. Grimes has presented her work at the American, Midwest, and Western Political Science Association Conferences, and has also had the opportunity to present at the Winchester International Gender, History, and Society Conference in England. Through a grant from Partners of America and in collaboration with fellow Marian faculty, her most recent project centers on building student research teams, which challenge students to critically assess equality through study abroad experiences. 

Courses Taught

POL102 American Politics

POL220 International Relations

POL301 Research Methods

POL 353 Politics of Development

POL359 Causes of Peace and War

POL380 Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy

POL380 Women and Politics

POL380 International Law and Human Rights

GLS290 Model United Nations

FYS110 First Year Seminar - Power from the Periphery


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