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Faculty: Becca McBride

Becca McBride

Becca McBride, Assistant Professor, Political Science

(616) 526-7023
ram38@calvin.edu
Office: DeVos Center 261-G

Office Hours Fall 2013
Widely available by appointment

Educational Background

Becca McBride earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Belmont University in Political Science in 2002. She then earned a Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies in 2004. At Georgetown she specialized in Chechnya, violent ethnic conflict, and terrorism. While at Georgetown she started working for the US Government as a Russian analyst; she continued as an analyst after graduation. When she relocated back to Nashville, TN with her family, she started as an instructor at Belmont University. After teaching at Belmont for four years, she decided to return to graduate school and pursue a PhD. In 2013, she graduated from Vanderbilt University with a PhD in political science. At Vanderbilt she focused on International Relations and Political Theory. She joined the Political Science faculty at Calvin College in fall 2013.

Academic Interests

Intercountry Adoption, International Diffusion Processes, Ethnic Conflict, Russia and the Former Soviet Union, Comparative Social Welfare, Non-State Agents in the International System, Intelligence and Foreign Policy, and Network Analysis.

Hobbies

Becca is married to Adam, a finance manager with Deloitte. They have two children: Keegan, born in 2005, and McKenna, born in 2008. She is a Disney enthusiast who enjoys spending time with her family at the Disney resorts in Orlando and Hilton Head. In her spare time she enjoys becoming a Disney trivia aficionado. Even though her children have a very limited palate, Becca and her husband love exploring restaurants. She is always on the hunt for new fiction authors, especially writers of political and intelligence thrillers.

Recent Activities


Becca is currently teaching courses on international politics and comparative politics. She has recently published several commentaries for the Center for Public Justice publications Shared Justice and Capital Commentary. She has several articles in process on various aspects of intercountry adoption. She is also working on a book project that examines why states allow foreigners to adopt. She works with a group of scholars who use network analysis methods to study international politics.

Recent Publications

2013. "Non-State Efforts to Monitor Corruption in Intercountry Adoption." Capital Commentary. Center for Public Justice. Web. 15 Nov. 2013. http://www.capitalcommentary.org/adoption/non-state-efforts-monitor-corruption-intercountry-adoption  With Brooke Bonnema

2013. "State Efforts to Monitor Corruption in Intercountry Adoption." Capital Commentary. Center for Public Justice. Web. 15 Nov. 2013. http://www.capitalcommentary.org/adoption/state-efforts-monitor-corruption-intercountry-adoption

2013. "International Efforts to Monitor Adoption." Capital Commentary. Center for Public Justice, Web. 08 Nov. 2013. http://www.capitalcommentary.org/adoption/international-efforts-regulate-adoption

2013. "When Birth Mothers Choose Foreign Parents - Shared Justice." Shared Justice. Center for Public Justice. Web. 29 Oct. 2013. http://www.sharedjustice.org/when_birth_mothers_choose_foreign_parents

2013. "Renewal in the Shadow of Great Power Politics." Capital Commentary. Center for Public Justice. Web. 04 Oct. 2013. http://www.capitalcommentary.org/chemical-weapons-convention/renewal-shadow-great-power-politics

2013. "September's High-Power Op-Eds: Truth or Hypocrisy?" Shared Justice. Center for Public Justice, Oct. 2013. Web. 04 Oct. 2013. http://www.sharedjustice.org/september_s_high_power_op_eds_truth_or_hypocrisy

2013.  "The Politics of Intercountry Adoption." Shared Justice. Center for Public Justice, Web. 17 Sept. 2013. http://www.sharedjustice.org/the_politics_of_inter_country_adoption