Dylan S. 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, State University of New York. Dr. McLean's dissertation, "Gun Test: Evaluating Theoretical Explanations for Canada-U.S. Political Differences through the Lens of the Politics of Gun Control," won the Best Dissertation award from the Association for Canadian Studies in the US. It compared gun related 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 teaches courses on American and international politics. His primary area of research specialization and interest centers on the interaction between political culture and public policy, particularly gun control policy. 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