Cliff Staten, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Indiana University Southeast
4201 Grant Line Road
Crestview 020
New Albany, IN  47150
812-941-2691


Talking with a local musician in a cafe in
Santiago, Cuba, May 2001


Trinidad (May 2001) and Santiago (May 2001)          

 

visiting with Ernesto Cardenal

Visiting with Ernesto Cardenal, Poet of the Revolution and
Sandinista Leader, Managua, Nicaragua, May 1995



Brief Biography   

     Cliff received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1987 from the University of North Texas.  He taught at the University of Texas in Austin and Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos prior to coming to Indiana University Southeast (IUS) in the fall of 1989.  He served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences from 1998 through 2010 and is currently Professor of Political Science and International Studies.  He has studied in Cuba and Nicaragua and traveled throughout Central America.  He has also traveled and studied in South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Arabian Peninsula, and much of Western Europe.  Cliff teaches advanced courses on Latin American politics, US foreign policy, international political economy, and terrorism.  He has written two books:  The History of Cuba (2003/paperback in 2005) and The History of Nicaragua (2010).  He is currently writing an expanded and revised (2nd edition) of his History of Cuba.  His most recent research focuses on how terrorist groups (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarios de Colombia, Hezbollah, Hamas) adapt to changing political opportunity structures. Cliff has received the IUS Distinguished Teaching Award, the IUS Distinguished Research Award, the Chancellor’s Award for Diversity, and the Karl Metz Award for distinguished service to the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences.  He recently (summer 2012) took IUS students on a study abroad program to Cuba.  He attended the US Naval Academy for 2 years and received his BA and MA from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

 

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Cliff and IUS students at the University of Havana, June 2012

 

Cliff's Current Reading

Brokers of Deceit: How the US has Undermined Peace in the Middle East by Rashid Khalidi

Who Stole the American Dream by Hedrick Smith

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall


Cliff's Greatest Albums (no particular order)

Allman Brothers – Eat a Peach – I love southern rock and these guys invented it…

Beach Boys – Pet Sounds – this album, like all the Beach Boys’ albums has the fantastic harmonies…
Beatles - Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper, and Abbey Road – I couldn’t pick just one album…after all we are talking about the Beatles…nothing else need be said
Jackson Browne – Late for the Sky – one of the most introspective and greatest singer-songwriters of our generation…such hauntingly beautiful lyrics...
Chicago – Chicago Transit Authority – great musicians, innovative rock-n-roll…the first album is still the best…

The Clash – London Calling – I just love the raw music put out by the greatest punk rock band…
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmos Factory – very simply put…great rock-n-roll
Cream – Disraeli Gears – one of the albums I drove my mom crazy with…nothing better than to crank up the stereo and shake the floor and walls with Sunshine of your Love
Crosby, Stills, and Nash – Crosby, Stills, and Nash – when CDs first came out…this is the first one I bought to "replace" my vinyl…I will listen to this album forever
Doors – Morrison’s Hotel – yes, Jim Morrison still lives…
Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited – of all the Dylan albums this, without a doubt, is my favorite
Eagles – Hotel California – I still get tingles down my back when I hear the opening notes to the title cut…

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours – a masterpiece, my favorite in the group is Christine McVie

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On – What a voice…What’s Going On is a song that almost always brings tears to my eyes…
Michael Jackson – Thriller – what can I say here…this was the top album in the world when my wife and I were just married…
Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers – last and best album by the original line up of one of the most talented rock-n-roll groups ever

Carole King – Tapestry – another one of those unforgettable albums
Van Morrison – Moondance – Into the Mystic, Moondance, And It Stoned Me, Crazy Love…fantastic singer songwriter, a masterpiece
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin 4 – yes, I’m a Stairway to Heaven junkie
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon – this one will still be playing when people are actually living on the dark side of the moon
Rolling Stones – Beggar’s Banquet, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Mainstreet – I couldn’t pick just one album, these albums define rock-n-roll for my generation

Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge over Troubled Water – the title cut may be the most beautiful song ever written…
Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run – What more can anyone say about the best rock-n-roll album in history?
James Taylor – Sweet Baby James – another one of those unforgettable albums that I will always listen to

U 2 – the Joshua Tree – this is the album that convinced me that U2 was one of the greatest bands in the world
Who – Who’s Next – we won’t get fooled again, oh no…
Neil Young – Live at Massey Hall 1971 – so many great Neil Young albums to pick from and this didn’t come out until 2007…takes me back to my senior year in high school…

Zombies – Odessey and Oracle – one of the great “pop” albums…Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone…Time of the Season is one of those songs that you never forget…

Courses That I Teach
 

Courses that I regularly teach:

Political Science Senior Seminar
Terrorism
International Political Economy
US Foreign Policy
Latin American Politics

Political Science Research Methods

Introduction to American Politics

The First Year Seminar

Other courses that I have taught:

The Cuban Revolution and its Future

International Organization
US-Latin American Relations
Development Problems in the Third World
Introduction to International Relations

Cuba in Transition (short term study abroad in Cuba)

Masaya Volcana

At the Volcano Masaya, Nicaragua, June 1995

Granada, Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua, July 1998

Useful Links for Students of Political Science and International Relations
 

Managua

Managua, Nicaragua, May 1995

 


Nicaragua - circa 1943/44 - My grandfather is in this picture next to the huge Banyan tree.
He helped construct the Pan-American Highway during WWII.

 

Marshall University Thundering Herd Football
see the movie WE ARE MARHALL ...

From Ashes to Glory...

Undefeated Seasons
1999 - Motor City Bowl Champions, MidAmerican Conference Champions
Ranked #8 in Final AP and Coaches' Polls
13 wins and no losses
1996 - I-AA National Champions, Southern Conference Champions
15 wins and no losses

I-AA National Champions 1992, 1996

I-AA National Runner-up - 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995

Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl Victory 2011

GMAC Mobil Bowl Victories 2001, 2002

Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl (Detroit) Victory 2009
Motor City Bowl (Detroit) Victories 1998, 1999, 2000
Motor City Bowl Appearances 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl Appearance 2004
Tangerine Bowl Appearance 1948

MidAmerican Conference Championships 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002
Southern Conference Championships (I-AA) 1988, 1994, 1996
Buckeye Conference Championship 1937
West Virginia Athletic Conference Championships 1924, 1928, 1931

WE ARE...MARSHALL

The Herd Zone
Thundering Herd Football at USA Today


Heisman Trophy
Randy Moss (WR) 1997 (finalist)
Chad Pennington (QB) 1999 (finalist)
Byron Leftwich (QB) 2002 (finalist)

Walter Payton Award (I-AA Outstanding Player in the Nation)
Michael Payton (QB) 1992

Future Schedules (non-conference opponents) (Marshall is a member of CONFERENCE USA)

2014 – Ohio, Louisville, at Miami of Ohio, at Akron

2015 – at Ohio, Purdue

2016 – at Navy, Akron

2018 - Navy

 

Recent Football History

Division I-A

2013 – Northrop Grumman Military Bowl Champion – Marshall 31, Maryland 20 (10 wins, 4 losses)

2012 – 5 wins, 7 losses

2011 – Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl Champion – Marshall 20, Florida International 10 (7 wins, 6 losses)

2010 – 5 wins, 7 losses

2009 – Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl Champion – Marshall 21, Ohio 17 (7 wins, 6 losses)
2008 - 4 wins, 8 losses
2007 - 3 wins, 9 losses
2006 - 5 wins, 7 losses
2005 - 4 wins, 7 losses – Marshall joins Conference USA
2004 - PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl - Cincinnati 32, Marshall 14 (6 wins, 6 losses)
2003 - 8 wins, 4 losses
2002 - GMAC Mobile Bowl Champion - Marshall 38, Louisville 15 (11 wins, 2 losses)
2002 - MidAmerican Conference Champion - Marshall 49, Toledo 45
2001 - GMAC Mobile Bowl Champion- Marshall 64, East Carolina 61 (11 wins, 2 losses)
2001 - MidAmerican Conference Championship - Toledo 41, Marshall 36
2000 - Motor City Bowl Champion - Marshall 25, Cincinnati 14 (8 wins, 5 losses)
2000 - MidAmerican Conference Champion - Marshall 19, Western Michigan 14
1999 - Motor City Bowl Champion - Marshall 21, Brigham Young University 3 (Undefeated Season 13 wins)
1999 - MidAmerican Conference Champion - Marshall 34, Western Michigan 30
1998 - Motor City Bowl Champion - Marshall 48, Louisville 29 (12 wins, one loss)
1998 - MidAmerican Conference Champion - Marshall 23, Toledo 17
1997 - Motor City Bowl - Mississippi 34, Marshall 31 (10 wins, 3 losses)
1997 - MidAmerican Conference Champion - Marshall 34, Toledo 14 – Marshall joins MidAmerican Conference

Division I-AA

1996 - National Champion - Marshall 49, Montana 29  (Undefeated Season 15 wins)
1995 - National Runner-up - Montana 22, Marshall 20 (12 wins, 3 losses)
1994 - Southern Conference Champion, National Semi-finalist- 12 wins, 2 losses
1993 - National Runner-up - Youngstown State 17, Marshall 5 (11 wins, 4 losses)
1992 - National Champion - Marshall 31, Youngstown State 28 (12 wins, 3 losses)
1991 - National Runner-up - Youngstown State 25, Marshall 17 (11 wins, 4 losses)
1990 - 6 wins, 5 losses
1989 - 6 wins, 5 losses
1988 - Southern Conference Champion - 11 wins, 2 losses
1987 - National Runner-up - NE Louisiana 43, Marshall 42 (Record 10-5)
1986 - 6 wins, 4 losses, one tie
1985 - 7 wins, 3 losses, one tie
1984 - 6 wins, 5 losses
1983 - 4 wins, 7 losses
1982 - 3 wins, 8 losses - Southern Conference reclassified to Division I-AA

Division I-A

1981 - 2 wins, 9 losses
1980 - 2 wins, 8 losses, one tie
1979 - one win, 10 losses
1978 - one win, 10 losses
1977 - 2 wins, 9 losses - Marshall joins Southern Conference
1976 - 5 wins, 6 losses
1975 - 2 wins, 9 losses
1974 - one win, 10 losses
1973 - 4 wins, 7 losses
1972 - 2 wins, 8 losses
1971 - 2 wins, 8 losses - first home game the "Young" Thundering Herd defeats Xavier on the last play of the game...
1970 - 3 wins, 6 losses - November 14th - Players, coaches and supporters killed in plane crash after the game at East Carolina...

Conference Affiliation Prior to 1970

MidAmerican Conference Member - 1953-69
Ohio Valley Conference Member - 1948-52
Buckeye Conference Member - 1933-39
West Virginia Athletic Conference Member - 1924-32

Marshall University Football Stadium


 
 

Marshall University Plane Crash Memorials


Spring Hill Cemetary                                      Marshall University Campus

They shall live in the hearts of their families and friends forever...

November 14, 1970

GO HERD
 From Ashes to Glory...
WE ARE...MARSHALL



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