Anne Flaherty, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Political Science
Associate Director, Master of Public Affairs
Illuminating Public Affairs
Associate Professor Anne Flaherty has long been fascinated by the way the world navigates its challenges, including refugee policy, immigration, and reservation jurisdiction. Her work in minority and identity-based politics reflects her interest in social issues and examines how different entities must come together to solve contemporary, real-world issues.
A dedicated teacher and researcher in the field of political science, Professor Flaherty is particularly interested in minority- and identity-based politics, with a focus on the politics of indigenous peoples globally and in the U.S. She recently authored States, American Indian Nations, and Intergovernmental Politics: Sovereignty, Conflict, and the Uncertainty of Taxes (Indigenous Peoples and Politics), a book that examines complex relationship between American Indian nations and the Federal and state governments.
“We are training people to be analysts, but also to have strong intercultural communication skills and to recognize the need to work within a community as well as different styles of managing problems.”
Tailored toward student interest
In Flaherty’s classes, students come from a variety of backgrounds, including military, law enforcement, public service, and local government. Her students develop foundational skills and gain the skills they need to navigate issues likely to arise in a community setting.
Professor Flaherty encourages her MPA students to:
- Design their own internship/ strategic capstone service projects reflecting personal interests and career goals
- Build upon soft skills, such as oral and written communication and intercultural competency
- Gain experience through real-life simulations likely to take place in a community
- Learn from faculty in across disciplines, including political science, communication, and public administration
She chose to join Merrimack College because:
- It’s a small school that values personal relationship with students
- Her desire to contribute to the Augustinian tradition, which emphasizes contributing to the local community
“I like the challenge of getting to learn alongside the students because they are invested in the issues and bring up good questions. We are all learning together and applying what we learn in class to contemporary issues as they unfold.”