Political Science

William Muck

Professor of Political Science; Chair, Department of Political Science; Coordinator of Global Studies


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Professor of Political Science, William Muck arrived at North Central in 2008. Muck is currently the chair of the Political Science Department as well as the coordinator for the College’s Global Studies and Model United Nations programs. He teaches a variety of courses on international politics and foreign policy. His scholarship focuses on international security, the practice of military intervention, and the pedagogy of promoting civic engagement. He has been active in presenting research at various  international studies conferences around the world. In 2018, Bill was named a Ruge Fellow by North Central College for his contributions to teaching and learning on campus. He is co-author of the book, Technology and Civic Engagement in the College Classroom as well as other articles on international security and higher education pedagogy. If you are in the Chicago area you may have seen Bill on ABC 7, Fox 32 Chicago, or WGN Evening News offering political analysis. You can also listen to him on his weekly podcast, The Politics Lab.

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Selected Scholarship

Muck, William. “Colonialism/Postcolonialism” In The Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity edited by Stephen Maynard Caliendo and Charlton Mcllwain. 2010. 

Muck, William and Philip Barker. “The Secular Roots of Religious Rage: Shaping religious identity in the Middle East.” Politics and Religion (Autumn 2009) pages 177- 195. 

Muck, William. "Creating Social Capital." In Globalization and Its Outcomes, edited by John O'Loughlin, Lynn Staeheli and Ed Greenberg. New York: Guilford Press, 2004. 

Technology in and Civic Engagement in the College Classroom: Engaging the Unengaged (2015) (co-edited with William J. Muck and Stephen M. Caliendo)

Muck, William, et al. (2021). “Can We Get an Upgrade?: How Two College Campuses Are Building the Democracy We Aspire to Be” in Teaching Civic Engagement Globally eds. Elizabeth C. Matto, et al. Washington, D.C: American Political Science Association.

Courses Taught

International Relations

American Foreign Policy

International Law

Ethnic and Religious Conflict

Model United Nations

Comparative Politics

Great Decisions in International Politics