Eleanor Zeff

Associate Professor
Office Location: 209 Meredith Hall
515-271-3102
eleanor.zeff@drake.edu

Eleanor E. Zeff is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and University Coordinator for Post-Graduate Opportunities at Drake University. She received the Levitt Mentor of the Year Award in 2006.

She participates on the Advisory Board of Annual Editions’ Comparative Politics, and is a member of the European Union Studies and International Studies Associations.

Dr. Zeff has publications on European Union politics, Developing Areas, and on African Politics, especially the Military in Politics. She has edited two books (with Ellen B. Pirro) on The European Union and the Member States and is now working on a 3rd Edition. She has written on "women and politics" and on Active Learning (SoTL) and the use of simulations for Teaching the EU. Her courses include Comparative Politics, Comparative Parliamentary Systems, Politics of Developing Areas, Transitions to Democracy, European Integration, Nationalism in Eastern Europe, Government and Politics in Europe, Model EU, and Immigration Policies in the US and Europe.

For several years, Dr. Zeff has accompanied students to the Midwest and SUNY Model European Union programs in Indiana, New York, Turkey and several European locations. Dr. Zeff works closely with students who want to apply to post-graduate scholarship programs, such as the Fulbright Program. Over 25 Drake students have received Fulbright Scholarships in recent years and others have been Truman and Rhodes finalists.

Dr. Zeff received her B.A. from Tufts University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Spring 2010 Faculty Spotlight of Prof. Zeff from Blue Magazine


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September 22, 2016
The Drake University Chamber Choir, choirs from four Des Moines area high schools, and a professional orchestra will perform Gabriel Faure’s well-known Requiem at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.
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