Dr. Mary Pettenger is a professor of Politics, Policy and Administration at Western Oregon University and the Social Sciences Division Chair. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver, and her B.A. from Whitman College. She teaches courses in the fields of international and comparative politics, including International Relations, Environmental Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, International Law, International Organization, Human Rights, Causes of War, Government and Politics of Europe and Asia.  She is also the faculty advisor for the WOU Model United Nations Club, co-director of the International Studies major and co-founder of the Empowered Communities Project.

Contact Information

Mary Pettenger, Ph.D.
Professor of Politics, Policy
and Administration
Division Chair – Social Sciences

Office: Bellamy Hall 231A
Telephone: (503) 838-8301
Email: pettengm@wou.edu

Office Hours (will be held in person or by Zoom during Spring Quarter 2023):
Mondays 10-12:00
Tuesdays 1-2:00
Wednesdays 10-12:00
and by arrangement (contact by phone or email)

**Please use this link for booking appointments:

Mailing Address:
Department of Politics, Policy & Administration
Western Oregon University
345 N Monmouth Ave
Monmouth, OR 97361


Ph.D., University of Denver,
International Studies
M.A., University of Denver,
International Studies
B.A., Whitman College,
Political Science

Class Schedule

Fall 2022
PS193 Model United Nations
(Hybrid – meet in person
Wednesdays 4-5:50 – Bellamy 111)

PS393 Advanced Model UN
(Wednesdays 5-5:50 – Bellamy 111)

Winter 2023
PS355 Civic Literacy & Engagement
(Hybrid – meet in person
Mondays 2:00-3:50 – Bellamy 110B)

PS393 Advanced Model UN
(Wednesdays 4-4:50 – Bellamy 111)

Spring 2022
PS447 Environmental Politics
(In person – Bellamy 111
Mondays & Wednesdays 2-2:50)

PS393 Advanced Model UN
(Wednesdays 4-4:50 – Bellamy 111)

Summer 2023
PS492 Political Ideologies

(Online -asynchronous)