Assistant Professor

Biography

Dylan McLean is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of West Georgia. He joined the West Georgia faculty in 2015 after earning his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University at Buffalo. Dr. McLean's doctoral dissertation, entitled "Gun Test: Evaluating Theoretical Explanations for Canada-U.S. Political Differences through the Lens of the Politics of Gun Control," compared gun political culture in the U.S. and Canada and used this comparison to develop an explanation for American resistance to the type of comprehensive gun controls which have been implemented in every other developed democracy. At West Georgia, Dr. McLean primarily teaches American Government. In general, his teaching interests and experience span the sub-fields of American, comparative, and international politics. His primary area of research specialization centers on the interaction between firearm-related policies, politics, and cultures in the Anglo-American democracies, including the U.S. Dr. McLean has presented his research at numerous academic conferences and has published several peer reviewed articles in a variety of journals including Social Science Quarterly and Politics and Policy.

Education / Degrees

  • B.A., Political Science and Sociology, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2007
  • M.A., Political Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2009
  • Certificate, Advanced Graduate Certificate in Canadian Studies, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2013
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2015
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2019 Sections

    Summer 2019 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: E05
    • POLS-3501 (International Relations) Section: E01
    • ORGL-4690 (Org Leadership Capstone) Section: 01E

    Spring 2019 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 15
    • ORGL-4690 (Org Leadership Capstone) Section: 80E
    • ORGL-4900 (Organizational Internship) Section: 05E

    Fall 2018 Sections

    Summer 2018 Sections

    • ORGL-4690 (Org Leadership Capstone) Section: 01E

    Spring 2018 Sections

    Fall 2017 Sections

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 03

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 13
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 14
    • POLS-4202 (Interorganizational Behavior) Section: 50E

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: B01
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 02

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • POLS-4985 (POLITICAL CULTURE OF GUNS) Section: E03
    • POLS-5985 (THE POLITICAL CULTURE OF GUNS) Section: E03

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 04
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 09

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 03
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 06
  • Publication List

    Dylan S. McLean and Jason P. Sorens. 2019. “The Changing Ideological Politics of U.S. State Firearms Regulation.”Politics & Policy. 47.4: 638-672.

    Anthony Fleming, Dylan S. McLean, and Raymond Tatalovich. 2018. “Debating Gun Control in Canada and the United States: Divergent Policy Frames and Political Cultures.” World Affairs. 181.4: 348–371. [View Publication]

    Dylan S. McLean. 2018. “Gun Talk Online: Canadian Tools, American Values.” Social Science Quarterly. 99.3: 977-992

    Dylan S. McLean. 2015. “Guns in the Anglo-American Democracies: Explaining an American Exception.” Commonwealth & Comparative Politics. 53.3: 233-252.

    Dylan S. McLean and Munroe Eagles. 2014. “Governance Regimes for Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Comparative Study of Facilities on the Canada—United States Border.” International Journal of Canadian Studies. 49: 285-314.

  • Skills and Resources

    Gun Control Policy Expert

    I am a scholar of gun culture, as well as gun control policy and politics. I am available to discuss the gun control policies of the U.S. and other countries, particularly the English speaking democracies. I have also researched how these policies interact with both the political and cultural environments. I am particularly focused on the political sociology of gun enthusiasm and the gun culture that surrounds it.

    International Relations

    I am a scholar of international relations, with a particular interest in the micro-level international relations that occur in border regions.

    Canadian Politics & Culture

    I have broad expertise in the area of Canadian studies, with a focus on politics and political culture.