Carly Foster

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Professor of Political Science
Political Science Department Head

Office: Koren 303

Phone: 563-387-1874



Education: Ph.D. Political Science, University of Kansas; M.A. Political Science, University of Kansas; Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Kansas; B.A. Political Science, University of Kansas

Carly Hayden Foster joined the Luther College Political Science in 2015 and is currently chair of the Political Science Department. She has also taught at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2007-2015) and Washington State University (2006-2007). Dr. Foster earned her Ph.D. in Political Science (2005) and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies (2004) from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Foster teaches courses on social policy, constitutional law, gender and politics, political thought, and the Iowa Caucuses. Dr. Foster’s research interests center on gender and race as they relate to law, policy and politics. She has published work on gender and race in welfare policy, health policy, child welfare policy, elections, and political organizations.