Martha Lizabeth Phelps, Ph.D.
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Martha Lizabeth Phelps, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor-in-Residence

Political Science
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Dr. Martha Lizabeth Phelps, an Assistant Professor In Residence of Political Science at UNLV, is celebrated for her innovative teaching and profound student mentorship. As the Nationally Competitive Award and Fellowship Advisor, she expertly guides students in pursuing prestigious scholarships and awards, significantly contributing to their academic and professional development. Actively involved in various university events, including advising registered student organizations and judging campus awards, Dr. Phelps is a prominent figure in the UNLV community, fostering a vibrant and inclusive campus culture.

Dr. Phelps' teaching approach is characterized by its rigorous academic standards infused with a passion for current events and real-world applications. Her courses, spanning introductory to advanced levels, are known for their engaging and insightful content, reflecting her deep commitment to student success. This dedication is further underscored by her receipt of the CSUN Faculty Achievement Award in 2021, honoring her exceptional student engagement and retention efforts.

Holding a doctoral degree from the University of Miami and degrees from Norwich University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, Dr. Phelps' academic journey is marked by her research in modern security studies with a focus on military privatization. Her academic mentors, including her father Helmuth Beutel, Hal Hoffman, and Roger Kanet, have been instrumental in her professional growth.

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Expert Areas: Security Studies, Military Privatization, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Student Retention, Online Learning, Undergraduate Mentorship