Wunsch Named First Holder of Schlegel Professorship


James Wunsch, Ph.D.

Wunsch Named First Holder of Schlegel Professorship

James Wunsch, Ph.D., professor of political science, has been selected as the first holder of the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., Distinguished Professorship in Politics and Government.

Wunsch, whose areas of specialty touch comparative politics, public policy, and political thought and development, said he would like the professorship to focus on problems of global poverty and state performance, especially in Africa. Wunsch also noted that Fr. Schlegel was a valued mentor early in the professor’s career.

Wunsch has done extensive field research, consulted and lectured throughout West, Southern and East Africa. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Ghana in 1971-72. He has published three books and more than 40 articles, chapters, monographs and reviews focusing on issues of state performance and poverty.

“There is no individual at the University more richly deserving of this inaugural position than Dr. Wunsch, the senior-most member of the department and a faculty member whose leadership has helped to transform the College of Arts and Sciences,” said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Bridget Keegan, Ph.D.

Fr. Schlegel was president of Creighton University from 2000 to 2011, and was also an assistant professor of political science at Creighton before taking on a succession of leadership roles, including serving as assistant vice president of academic affairs at Creighton, academic dean of Rockhurst University, dean of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University, and executive and academic vice president at John Carroll University. Fr. Schlegel served as president of the University of San Francisco from 1991 to 2000, when he returned to Creighton.