Dr. Gene Frankland has been a Professor of Political Science since 1972. After 50 years of teaching and scholarship, he is retiring, leaving a legacy of thousands of Ball State students who understand better the complexities of international relations and comparative politics.
To thank him for his years of teaching, a scholarship has been established which bears his name.
The Gene Frankland Scholarship for
International Relations and Comparative Politics
The Gene Frankland Scholarship will be annually awarded to students who have a concentration in Global Studies: International Relations and Comparative Politics. It will serve as a way for the department to remember and honor the half century of teaching classes, advising undergraduates, mentoring students and guiding the Ball State Model European Union team to multiple championships.
The Ball State champion Model EU Team in 2017
Dr. Frankland received his B.A. degree in government and history from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1967, and his M.A. (1969) and his Ph.D. (1973) from The University of Iowa. Since arriving at Ball State in 1972, he has taught courses on comparative politics, environmental law and policy, West European politics, British politics, and the European Union. He has taught in Ball State programs in London, Oxford and Vienna. He has also taught at U.S. Air Force bases in Spain and in Germany. In 1996 he was a visiting fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, England.
Dr. Frankland's research has primarily dealt with environmental politics, particularly the development of European Green parties. His books include (with Don Schoonmaker) Between Protest and Power: The Green Party in Germany (1992); (with John Barry) The International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics (2002); (with Paul Lucardie and Benoit Rihoux), Green Parties in Transition: The End of the Grass-Roots Democracy? (2008), and Global Studies: Europe (four editions). Dr. Frankland has contributed chapters to edited volumes on German and European Politics. His articles have been published in The Review of Politics, German Studies Review, Youth & Society, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. His most recent publication is "The Alternative for Germany [AfD] from Breakthrough toward Consolidation? A Comparative Perspective on its Organizational Development," in German Politics and Society (2020).
Dr. Frankland and his wife, Diane, who is Bracken Library access services supervisor, have resided in Muncie since 1972. They have three children, Erich, Aaron, and Heather, four grandchildren, and five cats.
Thank you for helping us honor and thank Dr. Gene Frankland and for your support of this new departmental scholarship.