Dr. Marybeth Beller, Associate Professor and Program Director


Dr. Beller received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 2005, specializing in public policy and American political institutions.  She has taught at Marshall University since 2000 and has served as Associate Dean (2007-2009) and Department Chair (2009-2013).   Dr. Beller directs the Graduate Internship Program for the West Virginia Legislature and serves as Marshall’s campus coordinator for legislative internship programs.

Before coming to Marshall, Dr. Beller coordinated West Virginia’s largest nutrition program for the elderly, serving a five-county district through Putnam County Aging Program.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught


  • Scope and Methods in Political Science
  • American National Government and Politics
  • American State and Local Politics
  • American Political Parties
  • Black Politics
  • Public Opinion and Propaganda
  • Fundamentals of Politics
  • Politics and Welfare
  • First Year Seminar (Honors)
  • Latin American Politics
  • International Relations


  • Data Analysis
  • Research Design
  • Politics and Welfare
  • Seminar in State Legislative Process
  • Latin American Politics
  • Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • Middle East Politics

Research Interests

Dr. Beller is interested in issues surrounding political behavior and racism, as well as welfare capitalism and women in the developing world.


Office: Smith Hall 740F
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