Perri Gardner
Perri Gardner
Instructor, Political Science 

Office: Hepworth 126
Phone: 208-732-6867
Perri Gardner

Education Information

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE. MS in Political Science. 

Boise State University, Boise, ID. BA in Political Science with honors; AA in French. 

Interuniversity Consortium of Political and Social Research.University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Courses in Advanced Regression Analysis III, Maximum Likelihood Analysis, R programming, and Multi-dimensional Scaling. 

Background/Personal Information

My research and teaching interests include topics in American government, Idaho State government and social science research methods. Specifically, my interests are the study of institutions and rules that shape the legislative process and affect the potential for good governance, the lawmaking process, comparative studies of legislative institutions (both nationally and internationally), the functions and roles of state governments/localities, and federalism and inter-local relations.

I am also especially interested in and committed to engaging young people in civic life, the promotion of social and economic justice, supporting inclusivity and diversity on our campus,empowering students to fight the sexual assault epidemic on college campuses (Know Your IX ), and the mission of Rotary International—Service above Self.  

Teaching Philosophy

My enthusiasm for teaching political science at CSI is motivated by my desire to share my interest and passion for the scientific study of political systems and actors, as well as, my belief that a responsible citizen is civically informed and engaged. As a teacher, I have strived to always view assignments, activities, and discussions from a student’s perspective in order to create experiences that are worthwhile and advance the student’s understanding of both the narrower topics of the course and his/her/zir broader understanding of society and his/her/zir role within it.

I prefer to use concise, instructional lectures that lead quickly into discussions, debates, or breakout group-work that engages students in learning. It is easy, I have observed, for introductory classes in political science to become civics courses much like a high school government class. Thus, I find it essential to frame topics in both the context of real world political action and the discipline’s exemplary research (both current and foundational), help students understand the ongoing debates in the discipline, and ensure students have an adequate understanding of social science research methods. 

In the classroom, I am also aware of diverse abilities, learning styles, and levels of education. For these reasons, I find it invaluable for students to have individual access to their instructor. I always want to be available, either in person, in virtual space, or through phone/email to students beyond typical office hours. Students that seek out individualized help and instructor guidance are more likely to succeed and consider the course valuable. I want to also encourage students to seek me out for guidance on critical skills and topics like research paper writing, the use of citation software and statistical analysis packages, finding internships, becoming politically active in the community, and transfer and career exploration.

It is also true that a discipline that involves the discussion of political systems and current events requires a respectful environment to foster discussion and engagement. I recognize that the college classroom may be the first opportunity students have to encounter people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. It is the role of the instructor to ensure that the appropriate environment exists for students to learn and communicate. 

Course Information

Links of Interest

  1. American Political Science Association
  2. Twin Falls County Elections
  3. iCivics
  4. WaPo''s Monkey Cage
  5. BSU Polisci
  6. ISU Polisci
  7. U of I Polisci
  8. WaPo''s DC Intern Page
  9. 29 Worst Things About Being An Unpaid Intern In D.C.
  10. My Office hours



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