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Sarah WheelerAssociate Professor

Internship Director

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Political Science
107 Keith Annex
Department of Political Science
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705-1069

(724) 357-2290 (messages)
(724) 357-3810 (fax)

Fall 2015 Office Hours:

MW: 9:10–10:10 a.m. and 1:15–1:45 p.m., TR: 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Courses Taught

PLSC 101 - World Politics: Analysis of contemporary (post-1945) state system and forces shaping the world in which we live. Student is given a framework within which to analyze contemporary international politics.

PLSC 387/587 - Political Systems of Latin America: An intensive, comparative study of the government and politics of Latin America.

PLSC 389/589 - Developing Nations: Suggested Political characteristics of emerging nations; impact of economic and social change upon political structure; evolving patterns of political development; and techniques of nation-building.

PLSC 282 - International Relations: Provides a conceptual framework for understanding sovereignty, nationalism, power, security, dispute settlement, and diplomatic, legal, economic, and military relations of nation-states.

Areas of specialization

Latin American politics, family planning policies in developing countries, economic development strategies

Special projects

I have worked with the Indiana/Armstrong County ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) in evaluating their programs. I will be presenting a paper to the Northeast Political Science Association on a comparison of family planning policies in Latin America. I hope to soon begin a research project to examine the attitudes of students involved in studying abroad toward basic political philosophies of communitarianism and individualism.

I recently attended a week-long conference on Student-Centered Learning at Millersville University, which was sponsored by the State System of Higher Education.


  • Political Science Department
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Building
    Suite 405
    981 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2290
  • Fax: 724-357-3810
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.