School of Government and International Affairs

Esther Jordan

Associate Director for Faculty Support, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor of Political Science

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Phone: 470-578-6410


Esther Jordan has a joint appointment at Kennesaw State University (KSU) as an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Associate Director for Faculty Support at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She holds political science degrees from UCLA (B.A. 1998) and the University of Georgia (M.A. 2005, Ph.D. 2010). She has published on a variety of topics, including politics and development in the Dominican Republic, the globalization of democracy, and public opinion in transitioning democracies. Her dissertation examined the effectiveness of American democracy assistance in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Before joining KSU in 2015, Dr. Jordan was a faculty member in the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech (2008-2015). She was also the principle investigator at Georgia Tech for the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education, funded by a grant from the Helmsley Foundation (2014-2015). While at Georgia Tech, she taught graduate courses on empirical research methods, globalization, course design and future faculty teaching practicum/immersion. She also taught undergraduate courses on American foreign policy, comparative democratization, comparative politics, empirical research methods and globalization, as well as a senior capstone course on the politics of international aid.

In addition to her work in political science, Dr. Jordan has lead numerous faculty workshops and faculty learning communities on course design, student engagement, teaching large classes, flipping the class, reflective practices for learning, preventing cheating, efficient course preparation and grading, teaching across cultures, teaching students of concern, and other topics.

Prior to her academic career, Dr. Jordan served as a legislative aid for the U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform Committee and a Strategic Planning Specialist for one of the core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy.