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Tara Lennon

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Senior Lecturer
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Biography

Tara Lennon's academic training is in political philosophy and international relations. She earned dual bachelor's in government and psychology at Wesleyan University and her master's and doctorate in political theory and international relations at Arizona State University. Her studies focused on theories of political representation.

For the decade after her doctorate, she evaluated the effectiveness of state agencies and school districts for the Auditor Generals Office—the objective research branch of the Arizona State Legislature. She testified before legislative committees about policy issues and managed ongoing research projects on education funding and academic achievement. She loved seeing policy-making at work, but is happy to back at the university discussing how issues, such as freedom and justice, are reflected in current policy decisions and in various forms of political participation.  For example, she sees citizenship and patriotism not as abstract concepts, but as how we choose to treat each other in this country every day, in every conversation.

Her current research projects include Twitter's impact on civic engagement, active learning and simulations, and methods and mini-lessons for improving civil deliberation in any course.

Education
  • Ph.D. Political Science, Arizona State University 2000
  • M.A. Political Science, Arizona State University 1994
  • B.A. Dual major: Government and Psychology, Wesleyan University 1990
Research Interests


Theories of political representation

 

Direct democracy and political participation

 

State politics and policy-making, particularly in K-12 education and education finance

 

Publications

2017     “Can Twitter Promote Classroom and Civic Engagement?” (with Gina Serignese Woodall). Chapter within Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines in the Twenty-First Century, Elizabeth Matto, Ed. American Political Science Association.

2016. Reflections on Political Ideologies, A Reader and Workbook. (Kendall Hunt). 

Research Activity

2016-17 “Virtual Diplomacy—A Nation-Building and Diplomacy Simulation Game.” Center for Education Through eXploration Grant. Principle Investigator. Awarded 200 labor hours with Game Designer and Software Engineer to develop video game connected to learning outcomes for “Do You Want to Build a Nation Class?”

Lennon,Tara M*, Woodall,Gina Marie Serignese. Twitter in the Classroom. ASU FDN(12/1/2014 - 5/31/2016).

Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 348Do You Want to Build a Nation
POS 484Internship
POS 494Special Topics
SGS 494Special Topics
POS 584Internship
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 348Do You Want to Build a Nation
POS 442American Political Thought
SGS 494Special Topics
POS 494Special Topics
JHR 598Special Topics
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 110American Government & Politics
POS 348Do You Want to Build a Nation
POS 442American Political Thought
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 348Do You Want to Build a Nation
POS 484Internship
POS 494Special Topics
SGS 494Special Topics
POS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 294Special Topics
POS 348Do You Want to Build a Nation
SGS 494Special Topics
POS 494Special Topics
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 110Government and Politics
POS 348Do You Want to Build a Nation
POS 442American Political Thought
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 346Problems of Democracy
POS 348Do You Want to Build a Nation
POS 484Internship
POS 494Special Topics
SGS 494Special Topics
POS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 294Special Topics
POS 348Do You Want to Build a Nation
SGS 494Special Topics
POS 494Special Topics
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 110Government and Politics
POS 348Do You Want to Build a Nation
POS 442American Political Thought
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 294Special Topics
POS 442American Political Thought
POS 484Internship
POS 494Special Topics
SGS 494Special Topics
POS 499Individualized Instruction
POS 584Internship
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 394Special Topics
SGS 494Special Topics
POS 494Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 442American Political Thought
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 346Problems of Democracy
SGS 494Special Topics
POS 494Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 394Special Topics
POS 442American Political Thought
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 110Government and Politics
POS 442American Political Thought