Wunsch named holder of professorship honoring Fr. Schlegel
James Wunsch, Ph.D., has been selected as the first holder of the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., Distinguished Professorship in Politics and Government. Wunsch is a professor of political science at Creighton, where he began his career in 1973. On accepting the appointment, Wunsch said he would like the professorship to focus on problems of global poverty and state performance, especially in Africa. The scholar’s own areas of study include comparative politics, public policy, political thought and development,
The position honors Fr. Schlegel, who was president of Creighton University from 2000 to 2011. Fr. Schlegel was also an assistant professor of political science at Creighton before taking on a succession of leadership roles at several institutions. He now lives in Milwaukee, where he is pastor at Church of the Gesu. Wunsch also noted that Fr. Schlegel was a valued mentor early in the professor’s career.