Faculty Associated with the Program

Kate Elliott

Associate Professor of Art History

Course Topics: Nineteenth-century American art, art of the American West, Native American art, the history of photography

Education: Ph.D. in American Art History, University of Iowa; M.A. in Art History, University of Iowa; B.A in Art History and Studio Art, St. Olaf College

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Wanda Deifelt

Professor of Religion

Education: Ph.D., Joint Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University Doctoral Program; M.T.S., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; B.A., Faculdade de Teologia, Escola Superior de Teologia

Research Interests: Contextual Christian Theologies (particularly feminism and liberation), Reformation, Ecumenism, Interdisciplinary Studies on Embodiment, and Interfaith Dialogue

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Carly Foster

Associate Professor of Political Science

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 is delighted to join the Luther Political Science department in 2015 after teaching at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Washington State University, and the University of Kansas. She and her family are grateful for the abundant outdoor recreation opportunities and beautiful scenery to be found in and around Decorah. Dr. Foster’s research and teaching 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, and political organizations. She will be teaching courses on social policy, gender and politics, political thought, constitutional law, and race and immigration in U.S. politics. In January of 2016 she will be teaching a special topics course on “Gender, Politics, and the Iowa Caucus.” She looks forward to getting to know Luther students and the Luther community.

Pedro Dos Santos

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, University of Kansas; M.A., Political Science, University of Kansas; B.A., Political Science and International Business, Baker University

Pedro dos Santos arrived at Luther in 2012 after earning a B.A. in International Business and Political Science from Baker University (2004); a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas (2007); a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas (2009); and a Ph.D. in Political Science (major in Comparative Politics and International Relations, minor in Latin American Development) from the University of Kansas (2012). He also spent one year as a Visiting Researcher at the Research Center and Graduate Program on the America at the University of Brasilia in Brazil (2010-2011).

Dr. dos Santos' research interests include gender and politics, politics and religion, Latin American politics, electoral systems and elections, and comparative foreign policy. He has published works on women's representation in Latin America and evangelical politics in Brazil. He has experience teaching American politics, global politics, Latin American Political and Economic development, global politics and film, international studies (interdisciplinary), comparative politics, and politics of the developing world.

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