Political Science courses are taught on all three campuses. The greatest variety of Political Science courses are offered at the Rockville campus. There are three full-time members.
Professor Aram Hessami escaped from his native country of Iran right after the Ayatollah’s return in 1979. After staying in Athens, Greece for a while, he came to the United States and has lived here since that time. He earned his Associate Degree in Social Sciences from Montgomery College in Rockville in 1981. He then went on to the George Washington University where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy and Political Science in 1983 and 1991. In 1993, he earned his Doctorate in Political Science from the George Washington University. Dr. Hessami’s post graduate concentration was on Political Theory: Western Political Thought, Marxist Studies, and Philosophy of Social Sciences. His dissertation, “Postmodern Thinking and Democracy,” critically examines the political aspects of post-modern philosophies of Derrida, Foucault, Lytorad, and Rorty.
Professor Hessami became a full-time faculty with the Department of History and Political Science in 2004 here in Rockville. Prior to this, he taught as adjunct professor of Political Science from 2000 to 2004. He was also an affiliate of the George Washington Sino-Soviet Institute for several years. He has taught a variety of courses in both the political Science and the Philosophy Department: Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to Philosophy, American Government, International Relations, Understanding Terrorism, Political Ideologies, Morality and Contemporary Law, & Western Political Thought. His research interest is in the field of Political Theory and Comparative Politics concentrating on the political aspect of globalization and democratic theories. He enjoys tennis, basketball, backgammon, and chess.
Professor Gregory Sember completed his undergraduate studies at East Carolina University and his Masters at the University of Wyoming. His studies involved a strong dose of American politics and United States History. He teaches Political Science in some form for close to seven years with experiences in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, & now Maryland. His political experiences include working in two state capitals, lobbying, & volunteering with several interest groups. This semester he will be teaching American Government & Introduction to Political Science. If you are interested in a discussion-based course demonstrating the relevance of government and politics to "real life," I suggest you register for one of his courses.
Professor Nathan Zook holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University. His dissertation was on the impact of human rights groups on U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba, Iraq, and South Africa. He has taught courses on Terrorism, International Relations, American Government, Religion and Politics, Comparative Politics, and Political Activism at Towson University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Wisconsin – Rock County. He joined Montgomery College in 2007 and has been active in developing online courses. His current research interests involve religion and politics, political social movements, and U.S. policy toward Israel. Professor Zook has traveled extensively in more than 30 countries and is the coordinator for the International Studies program at Montgomery College.