Becca McBride, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Office: DeVos Center 261-G
Office Hours Fall 2013
Widely available by appointment
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 at the Central Intelligence Agency as a Russian analyst; she continued as an analyst after graduation. When she relocated back to Nashville, TN with her family, and 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.
Intercountry Adoption, International Diffusion Processes, Comparative Social Welfare, Non-State Agents in the International System, Intelligence and Foreign Policy, Network Analysis, and Political Theory
Becca is married to Adam, a finance manager with Deloitte, and has 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.
Becca is currently teaching courses on international politics and comparative politics. She has recently published a commentary on the Shared Justice site. She has several articles under review on various aspects of intercountry adoption. She is also working on a book project that examines why states allow foreigners to adopt children and how states choose their partners for the practice. She works with a group of scholars who use network analysis methods to study of international politics.