Denise Kay DeGarmo, PhD

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Title: Political Scientist, Professor (Emeritus)

Company: Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Location: Debary, Florida, United States

Denise Kay DeGarmo, PhD, Political Scientist and Professor Emeritus at the SIUE: Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in political science education.

Dr. DeGarmo has had wonderful opportunities and access to education, and is most proud of her achievements from student recognition, in giving back, and in helping students excel. After many years in the academia field, Dr. DeGarmo became professor emeritus at the SIUE. In addition to teaching at this institution, she has worked in a variety of roles, including as a research association with the Applied Research Institute- Jerusalem since 2011. Dr. DeGarmo has contributed numerous papers and books to the political science field, notably on the alliance between the U.S. and Israel, on the Geneva Convention, and world conflicts. In 2014 she contributed to “Liberation Hip-Hop: Palestinian Hip-Hop and Peaceful Resistance.” In 2008, Dr. DeGarmo wrote “Understanding American Politics and Government, Instructor’s Manual and Study Guide” released by Pearson. She is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been featured in Who’s Who of American Women as well as the pages of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Born in Syracuse, New York to Arthur V. DeGarmo and Billie L. DeGarmo, Dr. DeGarmo attended Monroe Community College and earned a BS from the University at Buffalo in 1992. She worked for eight years as a political science fellow and instructor at the University of Michigan, ultimately earning a PhD in 2001. That year, she became a facilitator with the Foreign Policy’s Great Decisions Program at SIUE, as well as an associate professor. From 2009 to 2013, she served as chair of the political science department, and in 2016 she assumed her current role.

In coming years, Dr. DeGarmo intends to do more research and more human rights work looking at issues of social justice. She has also supported a number of civic groups, most recently with the World Wildlife Fund and as vice president of the Ann Arbor Artisan Association. She is the recipient of a 2007 Students First Award from Building Just Community at Southern Illinois University, and was named 2004 Student Organization Adviser of the Year as well as 2002 Faculty Member of the Year by the Student Advisory Committee of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Dr. DeGarmo is also a member of the honor societies Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Theta Kappa, as well as numerous women’s groups, including Women in International Security, World Pulse, and the National Association of Professional Women. As a political scientist, she has supported numerous non-governmental organizations such as the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, the Bread for the World Institute, and the Foreign Policy Association.

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