Interim Director


Dr. Shauna Shames

Professor Shauna Shames

Dr. Shames is Associate Professor of Political Science and interim director of the Liberal Studies program at Rutgers–Camden. Her primary area of academic interest is American politics, with a focus on gender, race, LGBTQ+ politics, social movements, and political ambition.  She is the author of “Out of the Running: Why Millennials Reject Political Careers and Why it Matters” (2017, NYU Press) and co-author of “Survive & Resist: The Definitive Guide to Dystopian Politics” (2019, Columbia).  In addition, she co-edited the books (“The Right Women: Republican Activists, Candidates, and Legislators” (with Malliga Och, 2018: Praeger Press/ABC-Clio) and “Good Reasons to Run: Women & Political Candidacy” (with Rachel Bernhard, Mirya Holman, and Dawn Teele, 2020: Temple). She has published journal articles, reports, and book chapters on women as candidates, black women in Congress, comparative child-care policy, work/family conflict, abortion, feminism in the U.S. and internationally, gay and lesbian rights, and U.S. public opinion.  She has designed and taught courses on executive power, dystopian government, race and minority politics, women in politics, social movements, quantitative and qualitative methods, and several introductory-level classes about politics, political science, and American government.   Shauna is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network (profile here), Women Also Know Stuff, and the American Political Science Association (APSA). She received her PhD from Harvard University in 2014, and was awarded the Rutgers-Camden Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Research Creativity, both in 2018. 


Part-Time Lecturers


Tina Crafton

A graduate of Douglass College and the English Graduate Program of Rutgers–New Brunswick, Tina Crafton has been teaching for both the Liberal Studies and English and Communications departments of Rutgers–Camden since 2004. She designs and teaches a variety of English and American literature courses as well as Mastering the Liberal Arts 1 and 2 for the Liberal Studies program. She really enjoys interacting with students and believes this interaction/discussion is the key to important learning. She tries to bring that philosophy to all the courses she teaches. Liberal Studies is a fantastic major because it allows students to see connections between different disciplines and invites them to apply what they learn to real-world experience. In turn, students use these real-world experiences and observations in the classroom. Learning is a reciprocal and collaborative process–that’s what makes it interesting.


Mike Miller

Adjunct Professor and Part-time Lecturer Mike Miller began his career as a Teaching Assistant while earning his BA and MA in English at Rutgers–Camden. While a student, Mike won awards for best graduate and best undergraduate essay in the English department.  His teaching interests are in the field of composition, literature, and film analysis. Specifically, Mike teaches Great Literary Origins, Rhetoric and Composition, Argument and Persuasion, and advanced writing electives for the Liberal Studies program at Rutgers. His primary research interests include literature, film, composition and rhetorical pedagogy and theory. Currently, Mike Miller resides at the Jersey Shore in Brigantine, N.J. with his family and faithful dog, Summer. In his spare time, he is a devoted gardener and film enthusiast.


Academic Advising


Assistant Dean Jennifer Thiel

I took a long and winding way through higher education to establish my New Jersey roots here in the College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers–Camden.  I have been with the Office of Advising since the winter of 2009. My advising interests include professional development of students and collaborating with different offices for the betterment and empowerment of Rutgers–Camden’s students.  For fun, I love to spend time with my husband and son, travel to new places, eat Asian food, and volunteer at my church and Collingswood Farmers Market. My favorite authors are Amy Tan and Truman Capote.