About Steven Michels

Steven Michels, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, joined the Sacred Heart University faculty in the Fall of 2002. He was appointed Director of University Assessment in 2015.
Professor Michels is advisor to Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society at Sacred Heart University.
A specialist in the field of political theory, Dr. Michels offers several theory courses, including Foundations of Political Thought, Theories of Political Economy, and Democracy. His articles and chapters include work in theory (Plato, Tocqueville, Nietzsche), higher education policy, and popular culture (The Daily Show, Bruce Springsteen). He is currently researching the theory and practice of democracy. Dr. Michels received his Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University and his master’s at the University of Georgia, Athens.


Present Associate Professor Political Science, Director of University Assessment, Sacred Heart University



Research Interests

Political theory

Honors and Awards

2012/2013 SHU Teacher of the Year & Scholar of the Year, 2004 SHU participant at Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and 2015 Faculty Excellence Award from University College

Contact Information

Government, Politics & Global Studies
Academic Building HC 212-P
College of Arts and Sciences


Books (1)

Contributions to Books (4)

Articles (7)

Book Reviews (11)

Theses (2)