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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Maren Trochmann

Posted by: andrewst | September 30, 2019 | No Comment |

Assistant professor Maren Trochmann joined the CofC Political Science department this fall, transitioning from her position in the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Denver, where she focused on affordable housing at the state and local level for nearly ten years. Trochmann is currently teaching courses in public service and human resources for the Master of Public Administration program.

Dr. Trochmann was drawn to the College of Charleston not only for its beauty, but for its heavy involvement with the surrounding community. “I love the College’s focus on sustainability, equity, and inclusion,” she says. Coming from the landlocked state of Colorado, she appreciates being near the beach as well.

One of her favorite parts of teaching is being able to share the concepts of public service and scholarship with students. She is especially looking forward to taking on some undergraduate courses in the spring, such as Ethics and Politics, where she will introduce students to the philosophical concepts that intersect with political science.

Trochmann recently had two pieces accepted for publication, which were derived from her interest in fair housing. The first, “How administrative rulemaking can advance social equity,” has been accepted into the book, “Social Equity: New Dimensions and Challenges.” The second, “Identities, Intersectionality, and Otherness: The Social Constructions of Deservedness in American Housing Policy” will soon be published in the journal, Administrative Theory and Praxis.

Dr. Trochmann encourages political science students to “grab hold of the things that interest you.” The best advice she ever got as an undergraduate student was to focus on what you enjoy rather than on what you think will get you a job; she says, “studying what you’re into leads to a career and excitement for each day!”

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