About me

I’m a Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I am also currently Department Head. After graduate school, I first taught at the University of Rochester and then at Political Science Department and the School of Public Policy (SPP, now the Ford School) at the University of Michigan.

I received a PhD in Political Science from UCLA and a B.A. in International Relations and German Studies from Stanford University.  Not only that, but I played saxophone for the notorious Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band.  Unfortunately, I was home sick with the flu on the day of The Play.

I’ve sorted my research by topic on the “Research” page, where you can also find my CV.  A page on the Trade Agreements Database is also available on this site.

Information about my teaching is available on a separate page.  I regularly teach a summer course on the politics of national parks, on-site. We alternate between Politics of the Greater Yellowstone Area and the Politics of the National Parks of Colorado, with some Utah. You know that you want to join us.

If you can’t join one of those courses in the field, Audrey Neville and I developed an online course on the “Politics of Yellowstone.” You need not be a student at the University of Illinois to enroll.  You’ll find more information about the project on both the research page and the teaching page here.

Most of my research has been dominated by political economy, but now I’m interested more in environmental questions and the politics of culture and heritage. Across this move, I’ve retained an interest in the European Union, and I have served as Director of Illinois’ European Union Center.


Hiking, backpacking, and photography. You can sometimes find me on a bike or in a kayak. Most of my photography focuses on the outdoors, especially in the national parks; check it out on Flickr if you’re a kindred spirit.  The bottom of my “Research” page includes my travel publications, if you like that sort of thing.

Email me at pahre@illinois.edu!