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Karen Sunshine PhD

Karen Sunshine, PhD

Karen Sunshine, PhD

Professor, Political Science

Academic II, Room 2214


Karen Sunshine, PhD, joined the College as a full-time faculty member in 1993 and earned the rank of full Professor in 1996. Among the courses she has taught are Principles of American Government, International Relations and Current Issues. Before starting her full-time teaching career at RCC, Dr. Sunshine taught both undergraduate and graduate students at Long Island University.

Dr. Sunshine has co-authored eight editions of the textbook American Government and Politics in the New Millennium with a ninth, e-book edition scheduled for fall 2014 publication. Dr. Sunshine is involved in many organizations and committees in addition to advising pre-law students at RCC.


  • BA Political Science and Psychology, Long Island University, 1976
  • MA Political Science, Long Island University, 1978
  • PhD Political Psychology, New York University, 1987

Awards (Selected)

  • Dr. Richard P. Runyon Research Potential Award in Psychology
  • J. Ramsey Reese Memorial Award in Political Science
  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Texas at Austin, 1998
  • Faculty/Staff Recognition Award, 1999
  • Outstanding Student Service Awards, 2000, 2001
  • Certificate from American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha for Outstanding Teacher in Political Science, 1998

Professional Accomplishments (Selected)

  • Campus Faculty Liaison Officer for the New York State Senate Programs Office
  • Founder and Faculty Advisor, Political Science/Pre-Law Association
  • Faculty Senate, At-Large member
  • Division and College Retention, Tenure, Promotion (RTP) Committees
  • Middle States Steering Committee
  • Political Psychology Program Development Committee
  • Women’s History Committee
  • President’s Task Force, “General Education” and “Knowledge and Skills for Life, Work and Citizenship”

Publications (Selected)

  • Eight hard copy editions of American Government and Politics in the New Millennium, Text and Reader, Publisher: Abigail Press, Wheaton, IL, 1998-present
  • Articles in The International Journal of Social Psychiatry and Political Psychology: Journal of the International Society of Political Psychology
  • Numerous journal, book and manuscript reviews
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