Mark Simpson

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7271 E Sonoran Arroyo Mall
Mesa
Instructor
Faculty
POLY Campus
Mailcode
2780

Biography

Mark Simpson is a political historian whose work examines challenges to American geopolitical dominance from foreign entities, as well as threats posed by terrorist organizations. Simpson also specializes in the history of the presidency and presidential elections. He teaches courses in political science, human geography, and American history. He is an advocate for interdisciplinary education and encourages students to explore issues from different angles, across multiple subject areas. Simpson has teaching experience at all levels of higher education, having taught at community colleges, a private four-year college, and two universities. During his career he has accepted appointments as an assistant professor, a full professor, and department chair. Simpson is the author of three books and has contributed multiple columns for news organizations. 

He is currently a faculty associate in political science with the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University.

Education

  • Certificate, Climate Change and Human Health, Yale University 2021
  • Citation, American History, Harvard University 2008
  • M.A., History, Arizona State University 2006
  • B.S., Communication, Arizona State University 2001

Research Interests

Counter-terrorism strategies, American foreign policy in the Middle East, constitutional law, globalization's impact upon employment, education, and consumption patterns, the history of the presidency, presidential election campaigns, higher education reform, urban development, and the modern geography of jobs

Publications

  • Simpson, Mark. 2006. In Search of Justice: Examining Efforts to Obtain Convictions in Unsolved Civil Rights Era Murders. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse.
  • Simpson, Mark. 2007. Parks & Recreation, City Planning and Urban Development in a Southwest Suburb. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse.
  • Simpson, Mark. 2014. The President as Soldier: George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion. Seattle, WA: Amazon Digital Services.

Courses

Summer 2022
Course Number Course Title
POS 310 American National Government
POS 346 Problems of Democracy
Spring 2022
Course Number Course Title
POS 210 Political Ideologies
POS 230 Curr Issues/Natl Politics
POS 310 American National Government
POS 346 Problems of Democracy
Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
POS 110 American Government & Politics
POS 346 Problems of Democracy
Summer 2021
Course Number Course Title
POS 230 Curr Issues/Natl Politics
POS 260 Curr Issues in Intl Politics
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
POS 110 American Government & Politics
POS 230 Curr Issues/Natl Politics
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
POS 230 Curr Issues/Natl Politics
POS 346 Problems of Democracy
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
POS 230 Curr Issues/Natl Politics
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
POS 110 American Government & Politics
POS 230 Curr Issues/Natl Politics
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
POS 230 Curr Issues/Natl Politics
POS 346 Problems of Democracy
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
POS 230 Curr Issues/Natl Politics
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
POS 110 American Government & Politics
POS 230 Curr Issues/Natl Politics
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
POS 230 Curr Issues/Natl Politics
POS 346 Problems of Democracy
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
POS 310 American National Government
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
POS 110 Government and Politics
POS 230 Curr Issues/Natl Politics
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
POS 230 Curr Issues/Natl Politics
POS 346 Problems of Democracy

Honors/Awards

  • Name added to the Wall of Tolerance in Montogomery, Alabama by the Southern Poverty Law Center. 2016
  • Nominated for Labette Community College Distinguished Faculty Award. 2011.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Certificate of Merit for work with honors students. 2010.
  • Republican Naional Committee Order of Merit. 2018.
  • Certificate of Recognition- National Museum of the American Indian. 2019. 

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

Supreme Court Historical Society

Southern Poverty Law Center

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Academy of Political Science

American Political Science Association

Natural Resources Defense Council

Service

  • The Economist (Magazine)- Intelligence Unit Opinion Leaders’ Panel
  • Scholarship Reviewer- Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation
  • Presidential Advisory Board- Republican Congressional Committee
  • Presidential Action Committee- Republican National Committee
  • Honor Roll Member- National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Digital Volunteer (document transcription and editing)- National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Researchers Advisory Group- Oxford English Dictionary

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