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Patrick Van Inwegen
Associate Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: (509) 777-4844
pvaninwegen@whitworth.edu

Office Location: Lindaman Seminar Center 203

Education: Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago (2004)

Dr. Patrick Van Inwegen teaches courses emphasizing the international and comparative aspects of politics. His dissertation analyzed the role of nonviolent action in revolutionary situations and has spawned several articles on Velvet Revolutions. Van Inwegen's dissertation and related coursework convinced him of the need for a general textbook on revolutions; this resulted in his book Understanding Revolution (Lynne Reinner Publishers).

Van Inwegen taught and conducted research at Whitworth's Costa Rica Center during the 2012-13 academic year, and he has developed a strong practical research focus on sustainability issues. Whether traveling with students in Costa Rica or Ireland or going about his Whitworth business in Spokane, Van Inwegen has consistently sought to engage students and to become a better teacher. He was a teaching fellow at Loyola University, and he published an article on developing undergraduate research in P.S. Political Science and Politics. He has also presented research on the effectiveness of active learning.

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