Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Political Science

Degrees: Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Virginia Tech University; B.A., The College of Wooster

Expertise: Political Thought & Theory; Urban Politics; Politics of Place & Memory; U.S. Politics; Women's & Gender Studies

Margaret Farrar, Ph.D. is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. While serving as the college’s chief academic officer, she also sits on the Provost’s Council and the University Strategic Planning Group. Working with faculty and administration to advance the goals of the University, Dr. Farrar has created an environment where all John Carroll CAS students and faculty can thrive. As dean, Dr. Farrar oversees the everyday activities of the college, including curriculum development; faculty recruitment, retention, and evaluation; strategic planning; and budget. Currently, her service and governance roles include: University Committee on Educational Policies, University Committee on the Student Learning Experience, and University Strategic Planning Committee.

Before arriving at JCU, Dr. Farrar worked as an Associate Dean at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois from 2009 until 2014. She also served Augustana as a professor and chair of political science, teaching courses in political theory, U.S. politics, and women’s and gender studies. Her tasks included providing oversight for 25 academic programs reviews, fostering conversations on departments’ strategic planning efforts and working with departments to analyze and respond to assessment data.

Dr. Farrar holds a doctorate in political science from Pennsylvania State University. She received her M.A. in Political Science at Virginia Tech University and attended the College of Wooster for her undergraduate studies. As a political theorist, her research interests include urban politics and the politics of place and memory. Her book, Building the Body Politic: Power and Urban Space in Washington, D.C. (University of Illinois Press, 2008) traces shifts in urban planning discourse over the course of the 20th century to show how the functions of cities and citizens have changed over time. In 2015, her work “Sustainable Places” was awarded the best paper in environmental political theory presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association.

Fall 2018 Course Schedule

  • No course offerings this semester.