Marc O'Reilly

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Aigler Alumni Building


Professor of Political Science, chair

History and Political Science Department, International Studies Department






Dr. O’Reilly is originally from Montreal, Canada. Having grown up in a bilingual (French-English) family, he attended French-speaking schools, including Le Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, until university. Like most Canadians, he grew up playing hockey and was an avid hockey fan, especially of the National Hockey League. Childhood memories include watching the Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Forum. In 1984, he captained the Town of Mount Royal Bantam Eagles to the Québec provincial hockey championships. He also played competitive golf and baseball. In 1989-90, as an undergraduate, he studied abroad in the United States. After graduating from McGill University in December 1991, he worked for the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree First Nation in northern Canada. In 1993, he came to the United States for graduate school. He met his spouse, Julie, also a Heidelberg professor, at Ohio University. While at OU, he studied with John Lewis Gaddis, a noted Cold War historian. Upon completing his PhD in Political Science at the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!) in August 2001, he started teaching at Heidelberg.

Marc teaches political science courses on Global Politics, the European Union, the Middle East, Canada, the United Nations, Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy. With his political science colleagues John Bing and Tom Newcomb, he co-teaches the capstone course. In addition to political science courses, he teaches the capstone seminar in International Studies and Honors courses on Québec/French Canada and Empires. Every April, he takes his POL 361/362 class to the Model United Nations of the Far West Conference in San Francisco. In 2011, Heidelberg co-hosted MUNFW with Whittier College (Los Angeles). Heidelberg senior Greg Doyle served as the Co-Secretary-General. In 2013, Heidelberg will host the conference once more, this time on its own. Junior Ali Sayre will serve as the Secretary-General. The theme of the conference will be The Struggle to Exist: Sustainability and Human Rights.

Marc regularly leads Heidelberg students on short-term trips abroad to Europe and Canada. In May 2009, he led a group on a tour of France, Monaco, Italy and Vatican City. In May 2011, his group visited Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. In May 2012, another group visited Greece and Turkey. Stops included Istanbul, Troy, Ephesus, Crete, Santorini and Athens.

Marc is passionate about out-of-classroom learning. As a professor who emphasizes verbal, analytical and writing skills, he spends much time working individually with students on the drafts of their essays and research papers and on their oral presentations. Every year, he sponsors many students who present at Heidelberg's annual Student Research Conference, the most prestigious academic event on campus. His students also present their work at international, regional and state conferences, such as the International Studies Association, ISA-Midwest and the Walsh University Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference. While much can be learned in the classroom, Marc believes as much, or more, can be gained outside of it, especially at a conference or on a trip abroad. He has many wonderful memories from the Model UN simulations in San Francisco, academic conferences, and trips to Europe and Canada. Photos and other memorabilia in his Aigler Hall office always remind him of the great times he has had with his students while off campus.

  • Recognized in Ohio Magazine’s Excellence in Education, December 2013
  • Co-presented a paper on U.S. foreign policy at the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual conference in Chicago. A revised version will be published as a chapter in The American Election 2012: Contexts and Consequences (Palgrave Macmillan) April 2013
  • Advised the Heidelberg Secretariat that organized and hosted the April 2013 Model United Nations of the Far West conference in San Francisco
  • Advising and will lead the Heidelberg delegation participating in the March 2014 Model UN Turkey conference in Antalya, Turkey

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