Chris Latimer
Dr. Christopher McCarthy-Latimer

Political Science Department Chair and Pre-Law Program Advisor

Office: O'Connor Hall 308
Phone Number: 508-626-4827
Email: clatimer@framingham.edu

Christopher McCarthy-Latimer is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Framingham State University.  He is also the Coordinator of our Civic Engagement and Service Learning Center.  He is also the Pre-Law Advisor for Framingham. Dr. McCarthy-Latimer got his Ph.D. and Masters from the State University of New York at Albany and his JD from American University: Washington College of Law.

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Areas of Specialization: American Politics, Public Law, Civic Engagement and Technology

Courses Regularly Taught:

American Political Government
American Political Government (Honors)                                                                               The Presidency: Politics and Policy
Moot Court Symposium
Judicial Politics and Policy
Gender Politics and the Law
United States Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
United States Constitutional Law: Powers of Government
Seminar in Political Science
Internship in Law and Government

Dr. Joseph Coelho

Assistant Professor

Office: O'Connor Hall 307
Phone Number: 508-626-4571
Email: jcoelho2@framingham.edu

Dr. Joseph Coelho holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Northeastern University. He has written extensively in the areas of post-conflict state-building and democratization in the Western Balkans. He is currently writing on issues of political survival and neo-authoritarianism in post-communist countries; state capture and corruption; and religiosity and Islamic fundamentalism in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Areas of specialization: International Relations; comparative politics; political party development; post-conflict state-building and democratization; peace-building.

Courses regularly taught:

Introduction to World Politics
Model United Nations
The Politics of Globalization
Comparative Political Systems
Building Peace After Conflict


Dr. David Smailes

Associate Professor

Office: O'Connor 310
Phone Number: 508-626-4766
Email: dsmailes@framingham.edu

Dr. David Smailes is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Framingham State University. Dr. Smailes received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his B.A. from the College of Wooster in Ohio. His research interests include American political history, the presidency and American political thought. Prior to joining the Framingham State community, Dr. Smailes taught at Westfield State University and Regis College.

Areas of specialization: American politics (including all three branches of government), public administration, political theory and American political history.

Courses Regularly Taught:

Introduction to American Politics
Public Policy Analysis
Political Theory: Justice, Law and Order Elections and Campaign Strategy Legislative Politics and Policy The Presidency: Politics and Administration

Dr. John Ambacher


Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 309
Phone Number: 508-626-4801
Email: jambacher@framingham.edu


B.A. Lafayette College, 1966

M.A. Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 1967

Ph.D. Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1973

J.D. New England School of Law, 1987

Currently, Professor Emeritus in Political Science Department

Background Information:

  • Taught in political science department at FSU since 1968
  • Visiting Fellow, Roehampton Insitutute , England, 1979
  • National Endowment for Humanities summer grant, 1977
  • Post doctoral studies, Harvard School of Education, 1980
  • Presented living history presentations on my great grandfather’s Civil War experience at schools throughout New England area.
  • Created minor in legal studies.

COURSES taught:

American Legal Systems

American Political Thought

Formation and Conduct of US Foreign

Politics and Film

Visiting Lecturer
Giuliano Espino

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall 311
Phone Number: (508) 626-4801
Email: gespino@framingham.edu

Giuliano is a visiting lecturer of Political Science. He holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from Northeastern University where he specialized in constitutional law, focusing on the role of judicial federalism in shaping Supreme Court jurisprudence.  Giuliano is now pursuing a Ph.D. in international relations at Northeastern, where he studies the role of knowledge-based international-coalitions in socializing member states to brings domestic policies into congruence with international-coalitions in socializing member states to bring domestic policies into congruence with international preferences.  He is currently writing on the Fourteenth Amendment as a tool of modern state building, regulation of plastics in the European Union, and the ongoing genocide in Yemen.