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Faculty —€“ Joan McLean

Joan McLean
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B.A., University of Florida
M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University
American Public Affairs, Political Behavior Professor; Associate Dean for First-Year Students & Academic Advising

Before moving to Columbus in 1985 to pursue a Ph.D. in political science at The Ohio State University, Professor McLean was active in national feminist and Democratic party politics. In the late 1970s, as political director for the National Women’s Political Caucus and ERAmerica she helped elect pro-ERA candidates to state legislative offices and recruited more women to run for political office at all levels.

Her work as deputy vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, and later as a staff economist for U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Urban Affairs, brought her into contact with Representative Geraldine Ferraro. As a political advisor to Ferraro, she was part of the group that designed the strategy that helped Ferraro become Walter Mondale’s running mate in the 1984 presidential race. Ferraro was the first woman nominated to run on a major party’s presidential ticket.

Professor McLean has taught at Ohio Wesleyan University since 1990. As a professor in the politics and government department, she teaches courses on Political Methods, Congress and the Legislative Process, the American Presidency, Equality and American Politics, and American Politics and the Mass Media. In 1996, she received one of University’s two teaching awards, Shankland Encouragement of Teachers Award.

During the summer of 2000, McLean completed a documentary about activist Mildred “Millie” Jeffrey who was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for her lifelong commitment to social justice. Professor McLean’s current research examines the effect of term limits on the career decisions of state legislators.

Outside the classroom, she is an avid supporter of OWU sports, theater, and student activities in general. Off campus she enjoys traveling. Professor McLean has visited all 50 states and accompanied students to Vietnam and Ireland on travel-learning courses. She also enjoys gardening, visiting museums and exploring presidential libraries and archives.