• Professor Karen Vogel

    Karen Vogel

    Professor and Chair, Political Science
    Director of Model United Nations Program


    Professor Karen Vogel received her BA in Political Studies and English in 1980 from Pitzer College, Claremont, California, and her MA and PhD in Political Science in 1986 from the University of Oregon. She came to Hamline in 1989 and was tenured in 1995. Her teaching areas in the department include Government and Politics of Europe and the EU, International Organizations, Gender Politics, Model UN, Senior Practicum and Internships, and Contemporary Political Ideologies. She also teaches a course called "Traveler's Tales" in the First Year Seminar Program. Her research areas explore the intersection of gender politics and global governance.

    Professor Vogel serves in many capacities at Hamline. She directs the Hamline University Model United Nations program. She mentors numerous students, supervises collaborative research and honors projects, and multiple student internships. She has received the Burton and Ruth Grimes Teaching Award and the Hamline University Student Congress Faculty Member of the Year Award. She has been recognized by the American Political Science Association for Excellence in Teaching.

    Beyond Hamline, she has served in numerous leadership positions both in the Hamline chapter and with the Minnesota State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). In 2013, she received the Minnesota State AAUP Sloan Award for lifetime contributions to shared governance and academic freedom.

    In addition to AAUP, she has been involved with Model United Nations programs around the country. In 2012, she was elected to the National Model United Nations Faculty Advisory Board. In spring of 2010, she served as a delegate for the United Nations Association to the actual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and its review of the Beijing Platform. She also has volunteered and served on the Board of the United Nations Association of Minnesota. Karen Vogel continues to travel the world with her husband, Venu Turlapaty, as often as they can, with frequent visits to Europe and Asia.

    Teaching Style

    Students in Professor Vogel's classes can expect to experience a variety of pedagogical styles from interactive lectures and small group discussions to role playing simulations. She is known for working with students in high impact learning programs such as Model UN and undergraduate collaborative research. In her classes, students can expect to expand their research, writing and oral communication skills and to learn about politics and policy-making around the world.