Two of my favorite courses are ones I developed since arriving at Elmira - Political Thought and my Term III course on Politics and Film. Given that at a larger institution I would never have been able to develop these courses is one of the many attractions for faculty like me who have wide-ranging interests and great curiosity. I still, however, love teaching courses on the institutions of American politics - Congress, the Presidency, Law and the Courts, and Political Parties.
My passion for writing has returned and is evidenced by the release of my first book - The Progression of the American Presidency: Individuals, Empire, and Change (Palgrave Macmillan - February 13, 2013). I hope to follow it up with a book on unicameral legislatures. Some of my recent conference papers can be found at my academia.edu website. A number of them have resulted in some recent media attention including interviews at CNNRadio.com (on unicameral state legislatures) and with The New York Times (on party cross-endorsements or "fusion voting" in New York politics).
My off-campus passion for political involvement allows me to bring the course material to life for the students with examples from real life to supplement the written word in the texts and assigned readings. It also allows me the opportunity to introduce students to political figures and elected officials at all levels of government. The photo to the right shows two of my students - Michelle Lockwood (middle) & Jeremy Gray (right) - with US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (if I recall correctly I took this photo with Michelle's camera) .