Political Science and International Studies Faculty

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Tim Jones, PhD

Senior Associate Professor & Program Chair


My name is Tim Jones and I am a Senior Associate Professor of Political Science at Bellevue College. I live in Seattle, I'm married, and I have two kids who keep me busy when I'm not working. I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and I am the first member of my family to graduate from college. I earned a ...more about Tim Jones, PhD

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Bio coming soon.

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David Spataro, PhD

Associate Professor


My name is David Spataro and I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Bellevue College. I have a Ph.D. from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where I focused on contemporary urban anarchist social movements.   Teaching Philosophy: I am an anti-authoritarian, and I try to ...more about David Spataro, PhD

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Leena Shah, PhD



My name is Leena Shah. I am an adjunct faculty member. I have taught at other community colleges but now teach primarily at Bellevue College. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Idaho in Political Science. I grew up in India where I completed my B.A. I am an avid traveler and love new ...more about Leena Shah, PhD

Christina Sciabarra, PhD Picture


My name is Christina Sciabarra, and I am an adjunct faculty member in Political Science at Bellevue College. I formerly served as the Director of the Center for Career Connections/the Women’s Center in the RISE Learning Institute at BC. I graduated from the US Naval Academy with a B.S. in History and completed a B.A. ...more about Christina Sciabarra, PhD

Clifford Cawthon, MA Picture


Clifford ("Cliff") Cawthon, is an educator, organizer, politico and writer, originally hailing from Buffalo, NY. Cliff has been working in politics for the last fifteen years. He's worked in organizations from the Western New York Working Families Party to Working Washington/SEIU 775, here in Washington State. He has also done considerable international work on immigration ...more about Clifford Cawthon, MA

Jabril Hassen, MA Picture


Jabril is an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Cultural and Ethnic Studies programs. He holds a B.A. in Criminology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a M.A. in Criminal Justice from Seattle University. His primary research interests include: community based research, juvenile recidivism, and ex-offender reentry. Teaching Philosophy: ...more about Jabril Hassen, MA