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Dr.  Thomas  J.  Baldino

Political Science

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Thomas J. Baldino is a professor of political science at Wilkes University. He has served as interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as chairperson of the political science department and division of social sciences.  His teaching and research interests include legislative politics, parties and elections, and Pennsylvania government and politics.  He serves as a faculty associate to the Legislative Office of Research Liaison of the PA House of Representatives and as the associate editor of Commonwealth, the journal of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association. He has published two books, and is currently working on a manuscript on Pennsylvania government and politics.  His research has also appeared in political science and history journals, political encyclopedias, and in many conferences papers over his thirty-year career.


Ph.D.  1982. The University of Pennsylvania.  Dissertation:  Congressional Reform and the Deinstitutionalization of the United States House of Representatives.  Advisor:  Edwin Haefele.

M.A.  1974.  The University of Illinois -- Urbana.  Field: Political Science.

B.A., Maxima Cum Laude.  1971.  LaSalle College, Philadelphia, PA.  Major:  Political Science Diploma.  1967.  LaSalle College High School, Philadelphia, PA.


Of the People, By the People, For the People: A Documentary History of Voting Rights in the United States.  Two volumes..With Kyle Kreider.  Greenwood Press.  February 2010.

U.S. Election Campaigns: A Documentary and Reference Guide. With Kyle Kreider.  Greenwood Press.  Under contract. Forthcoming, Fall 2011.

Encyclopedia of the US Constitution. David Schultz, ed.  Facts on File, Inc.  Three entries. Forthcoming 2009. The Political Encyclopedia of the US States and Regions. Six Thousand word article on Pennsylvania government and politics. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press.

Encyclopedia of the United States Congress. 2007. Robert L. Dewhirst, ed. Fifteen entries. New York: Facts On File, Inc.

“Remaking Local Government: Wilkes-Barre 1932 to 2005.” 2006. With Robert Wolensky and John Hepp III. Pennsylvania History. 73:4 (Fall).

“Assessment in Political Science: A Report from the Assessment Track of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference.” With John Ishiyama, et al 2006.  PS: Political Science and Politics.

The State of Political Science in Pennsylvania, 1991, 1993, 1996 With Joseph Melusky.  These articles appeared in The Pennsylvania Political Scientist, Vols. II, IV, and VI, respectively.

Genevieve Blat: A Political Biography in American Political Biography.  Oxford University Press.  1997.

The Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections, L. Sandy Merisel, ed.  Garland Publishing. 1991. 

Fifteen articles on individuals and issues.           

“Pre-Law Alumni As Advising Resources” in NAPLA Notes, a publication of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law         Advisors, VIII, 4, 11-12.  1988

“Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr.: An Annotated Bibliography” in The Book of Days, 1987 C. Johnson, ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Pierian Press.  1987


The Pact: Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the Rivalry That Defined a Generation. By Steven Gillon.  Library Journal.  133:85 (May 1, 2008). 

The Collapse of Fortress Bush.  By Alasdair Roberts.  Library Journal.  133:86 (May 1, 2008).  

George H.W. Bush.  By Timothy Naftali.  Library Journal.  132:65-66. (November 15, 2007).  

Bonds of Affection: Charity and the Making of America: Winthrop, Jefferson, and Lincoln. By Matthew Scott Holland   

Library Journal.  132:76. (November 15, 2007).  

Congress Behaving Badly: The Rise of Partisanship and Incivility and the Death of Public Trust. By Sunil Ahuja. Libarary Journal.  133:97 (July 1, 2008)

Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America. By Michael Beschloss.  Library Journal 132:104 (April 2007)

Pennsylvania Elections. 2007. By John J. Kennedy. COMMONWEALTH: A JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE.  13:146 (March 2007)

1920: The Year of the Six Presidents. 2007.  By David Pietrusza.  Library Journal. 132:13 (March 2007).

Calvin Coolidge. 2007 By David Greenberg. Library Journal. 132:1 (January, 2007).

Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count. 2006. By Steven F. Freeman and Joel Bleifuss. Library Journal.  Forthcoming.

Conservatives Without Conscience. 2006. By John Dean.  Library Journal. 131:12 (July 1, 2006).

The Strange Death of Liberal America. 2006.  By Ralph Brauer.  Library Journal.  131:16 (October 1, 2006).

Across the Great Divide: II  A review of six books.  Library Journal. 131:8 (May 1, 2006).

    Crashing the Gates by Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas

    The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual by Eric Lott

    Being Right Is Not Enough by Paul Waldman

    Confessions of a Former Dittohead by Jim Derych

    Stand for Something by John Kasich

    Blue States Blues by David R. Slavitt

Across the Great Divide: I A review of five books.  Library Journal. 131:7 (April 15, 2006)

    Politics Lost by Joseph Klein

    Stealing Democracy by Spencer Orverton

    Party Wars by Barbara Sinclair

    Money, Power and Elections by Rodney A. Smith

    American Mythos by Robert Wuthnow

House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power. 2006. By James Carroll. Library Journal. 131:7 (April 15, 2005).

Crunch Cons. 2006. By Rod Dreher. Library Journal. 131:3 (February 15, 2005)

Polling America: An Encyclopedia of Public Opinion. 2005.  Samuel Best, Jr. and Benjamn Radcliff, eds.  Library Journal. 130:17 (October 15, 2005).

James Monroe. 2005.  By Gary Hart. Library Journal. 130:15  (September 15. 2005).

America’s Constitution: A Biography. 2005.  By Akhil Reed Amar.  Library Journal.  130:13  (August 15, 2005).

Divided By God: America’s Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It. 2005.  By Noah Feldman.  Library Journal.  130:12  (July 1, 2005).

Stop the Next War: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism.  2005. Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, eds.  Library Journal.  130:10  (June 1, 1002).

John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, and His Economics. By Richard Parker.  Library Journal. 130:100. (April 15, 2005).

Return of the “L” Word: A Liberal Vision for the New Century. By Douglas S. Massey.  Library Journal.  130:106.  (April 15, 2005).

Morning in American: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s. By Gil Troy. Library Journal. 130:79. (March 1, 2005).

John Adams: Party of One. By James Grant. Library Journal. 130:123. (January, 2005).

The Neocon Reader.  By Irwin Seltzer, ed.  Library Journal. 129:20. (December 1, 2004).

Best American Political Writing 2004. By Royce Flippin, ed. Library Journal. 129:19. (November 15, 2004).

Where We Stand: Voices of Southern Dissent. By Anthony N. Dunbar, ed. Library Journal. 129:99. (October 1, 2004).

Hanging Chads: The Inside Story of the 2000 Presidential Recount in Florida. By Julian M. Pleasants.  Library Journal. 129:70. (September 15, 2004).

Dick: The Man Who Is President. By John Nichols.   Library Journal.  129:70. (September 15, 2004).

The Real Price of War: How to Pay for the War on Terror. By Joshua S. Goldstein. Library Journal. 129:70. (September 15, 2004).

Command of Office: How War, Secrecy and Deception Transformed the Presidency, From Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush. By Stephen Graubard. Library Journal.  129:76 (October 15, 2004).

Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War. By James Carroll. Library Journal. 129:103. (July 15, 2004)

Politics: Observations and Arguments 1966-2004. By Hendrik Hertzberg.  Library Journal. 129:103. (July 15, 2004)

George Herbert Walker Bush: A Life. By Tom Wicker.  Library Journal. 129:104. (April 15, 2004).

How Congress Works and Why You Should Care. By Lee H. Hamilton. Library Journal. 129:109.  (April 1, 2004).

The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty. By Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer.  Library Journal. 129:144.              (February 15, 2004).

Independent Nation: How Centrism Is Changing the Face of American Politics. By John P. Avlon. Library Journal. 129:108.  (February 1, 2004)

The Great Game of Politics: Why We Elect Whom We Elect. By Dick Stoken. Library Journal.  129:110. (February 1, 2004)

On Deaf Ears: The Limits of the Bully Pulpit. By George C. Edwards. Library Journal. 128:143. (December 15, 2003).

The I Hate Republicans Reader: Why The GOP is Totally Wrong About Everything. By Clint Willis, ed. Library Journal.

    128:110. (November 1, 2003).

Best American Political Writing 2003. By Royce Flippin, ed. Library Journal. 128: 98. (October 1, 2003).

Ecological Security: An Evolutionary Perspective on Globalization. By Dennis Clark Pirages and Theresa Manley DeGesst.

    Library Journal. 128:188. (September 1, 2003).

Dear Americans:Letters from the Desk of Ronald Reagan and Reagan: A Live in Letters.  Library Journal. 128:189 (September 1, 2003)

Touched with Fire: Five Presidents and the Civil War that Made Them. By James M. Perry. Library Journal. 128:104. (August 15, 2003).

Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk. By William Dusinberre. Library Journal. 128:102. (July 15).

Woodrow Wilson. By H.W. Brands. Library Journal. 128:128. (May 1, 2003).

American Social and Political Thought: A Reader.  By Andreas Hess, ed.  Library Journal. 128:138. (May 1, 2003).

Thomas Jefferson. By Joyce Appleby. Library Journal.  128:99. (February 1, 2003)

Whistle-Blowing: When It Works – And Why. By Roberta Ann Johnson.  Library Journal. 127:154. (December 1, 2002).

It’s a Free Country: Personal Freedoms in American After September 11. By Danny Goldberg, et al., eds.  Library Journal. 127:116. (October 1, 2002).

The $10 Billion Jolt: California’s Energy Crisis: Cowardice, Greed, Stupidity, and the Death of Deregulation.  By James Walsh. Library Journal 127:121.  (August 1, 2002).

War Without End: Cultural Conflict and the Struggle for America’s Future. By Robert Shogan Library Journal.127:101.     (July 2002).

The People and the President: America’s Conversation with FDR. By Lawrence W. Levine & Cornelia Levine. Library Journal.  127:105. (April 15, 2002).

Franklin: The Essential Founding Father. By James Srodes. Library Journal. 127:100 (April 15, 2002).

Spoiling for a Fight: Third Party Politics in America. By Micah L. Sifry. Library Journal. 127:165 (February 15, 2002)

Power Plays:,Politics, Football, and Other Blood Sports. By John M. Barry. Library Journal. 127:116 (February 1, 2002)

In the Arena: A Memoir of the 20th Century.  By Caspar W. Weinberger. Library Journal. 127:118 (January 1, 2002)

The Selected Letters of Theodore Roosevelt. Edited by H.W. Brands. Library Journal. 126:95 (September 15, 2001)

On Politics and the Art of Acting.   By Arthur Miller.  Library Journal. 126:120  (November 1, 2001)

The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House. Benjamin R. Barber. Library Journal. 126:131         (August 2001).

Democracy Held Hostage: The Miami Herald Report. Martin Merzer. et al Library Journal. 126:136. (August 1, 2001)

The Encyclopedia of American Political History. Paul Finkelman & Peter Wallenstein, ed.  Library Journal 126:108  (May 15, 2001). 

John Adams.  By David McCollough. Library Journal. 126:101  (May 1, 2001).

The Greening of Conservative America. By John R.E. Bliese. Library Journal. 126:120  (April 15, 2001).

The Encyclopedia of the U.S. Cabinet. 3 Vols. By Mark Grossman. Library Journal. 126:72 (March 15, 2001).

Henry M. Jackson: A Political Life. By Robert G. Kaufman.  Library Journal. 125:118 (September 15, 2000).

Kennedy versus Lodge: The 1952 Massachusetts Senate Race. By Thomas J. Whalen. Library Journal. 125:116     (September 15, 2000)

“To The Best of My Ability”: The American Presidents. Edited by James M. McPherson & David Rubel. Library Journal. 125:116. (July 1, 2000).

New Party Politics: From Jefferson and Hamilton to the Information Age. By John Kenneth White and Daniel M. Shea.        Library Journal.  125:120 (July 1, 2000).

The Best Guide to American Politics. By Tom Waldman. Library Journal. 125:118 (June 1, 2000).

The Selling of Free Trade: NAFTA, Washington and the Subversion of American Democracy. By John MacArthur. Library Journal. 125:110 (May 15, 2000).

The Encyclopedia of Third Parties in America. Immanuel Ness and James Ciment, eds.  Library Journal. 125:70 (March 15, 2000).

Reinventing Democrats: The Politics of Liberalism from Reagan to Clinton.” By Kenneth S. Baer. Library Journal. 125:103 (February 1, 2000).

Environmental Democracy. By Micahel Mason. Library Journal. 124:110 (November 1, 1999).

The Real Deal: The History and Future of Social Security. By Sylvester J. Schieber and John B. Shoven. Library Journal.        124:114 (October 1, 1999)

Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir. By John McCain and Mark Salter. Library Journal.  124:114. (August 1999)

Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time. By Paul Rogat Loeb. Library Journal. 124:118. (August 1999)

The Conservative Revolution: The Movement that Remade America. By Lee Edwards. Library Journal. 124:97.             (March 15, 1999).

Presidential Policymaking: An End-of-Century Assessment. By Steven A. Shull. Library Journal. 124:169. (February 15, 1999)

…And the Horse He Rode in On.  By James Carville. Library Journal. 124:128 (January, 1999)

America the Unusual. By John W. Kingdon. Library Journal, 123:201  (November 15, 1998).

Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good. By Richard A. Epstein.  Library Journal, 123:201  (September 1,1998).

A Larger Memory: A History of Our Diversity, with Voices. By Ronald Takaki.  Library Journal, 123:114  (July 15, 1998).

Living the Bill of Rights. By Nathan Hentoff.  Library Journal, 123:114  (July 15,1998).

The People’s Century:  The Ordinary Men and Women Who Made the 20th Century. By Godfrey Hodgson.  Library Journal, 123:125-126  (June 1, 1998).

The Presidency of Calvin Coolidge. By Robert H. Ferrall.  Library Journal, 123:99  May 15, 1998).

The Encyclopedia of the Persian Gulf War by Richard A. Schwartz.  Library Journal,  123:82  (April 1,, 1998).

Presidential Also-Rans and Running Mates, 1788 Through 1996, 2nd Ed. By Leslie H. Southwick.  Library Journal, 123:84-85  (March 15, 1998).

Who Speaks for the President?: The White House Press Secretary, 1928 to 1997. By Dale Nelson.  Library Journal, 123:84-85  (March 15, 1998).

The Unmaking of America: How Multiculturalism Has Undermined the Americanization Ethic by John J. Miller. Library Journal, 123:160 (February 15, 1998).

Star Spangled Men: America’s Ten Worst Presidents by Nathan Miller. Library Journal, 123:120 (January, 1998).

Playing Politics:  The Nightmare Continues by Michael Lavan.  Library Journal, 122:126 (December, 1997).

The Outsider in the House by Bernie Sanders.  Library Journal, 122:122 (August, 1997).

Mirage:  Why Neither Democrats Nor Republicans Can Balance the Budget, End the Deficit, and Satisfy the Public by George

Hager and Eric Pianin.  Library Journal, 122:148 (February, 1997).

Politics or Principle?  Filibustering in the United State Senate by Sarah Binder and Steven S. Smith.  Library Journal, 121:123     (January, 1997).

The New American Voter by Warren E. Miller and J. Merrill Shanks.  Library Journal, 121:77 (October, 1997).

Voice of the People:  Public Opinion and Democracy by James S. Fishkin.  Library Journal, 120:132 (December, 1995).

Giving Up Democracy:  Why Term Limits Are Bad for America by Victor Kamber.  Library Journal, 120:76 (October 15, 1995).

Congress As Public Enemy:  Public Attitudes Toward American Political Institutions by John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth

Theiss-Morse.  Library Journal, 120:97 (August 1995).

Conflict and Compromise:  How Congress makes the Law by Ronald D. Elving.  Library Journal, 120:102  (July 1995).

Deficit Government:  Taxing and Spending in Modern America by Iwan W. Morgan.  Library Journal, 120:117 (May 1, 1995).

The Bill:  How the Adventures of Clinton’s National Service Bill Reveal What is Corrupt, Comic, Cynical, and

Noble About Washington by Steven Waldman.  Library Journal, 120:90 (February 1, 1995).

Common Cents:  A Retiring Six-Term Congressman Reveals How Congress Really Works and What We Must Do to

Fix It by Timothy Penny and Major Garrett.  Library Journal,120:70 (February 15, 1995).

Club Fed:  Money, Sex and Violence on Capitol Hill by Bill Thomas.  Library Journal,119:100 (October 1, 1994).

Congress’s Permanent Minority?  Republicans in the U.S. House by William F. Connelly and John J. Pitney.  LibraryJournal, 119:199 (September 1, 1994).

The Gilded Dome:  The U.S. Senate and Campaign Finance Reform by Greg D. Kubiak.  Library Journal,119:83  (June 15, 1994).

The Politics of American Discontent:  How a New Party Can Make Democracy Work Again by Gordon S. Black and Benjamin D. Black.  Library Journal, 119:94 (April 15, 1994).

The Decline of Comity in Congress by Eric Uslaner.  Library Journal, 119:174 (February 15, 1994).

The Cardinals of Capitol Hill by Richard Munson.  Library Journal, 118:128 (August 1993).

Politics At the Periphery by J. David Gillespie.  Library Journal, 118_:158 (June 1, 1993).

Black Faces, Black Interests by Carol Swain.  Library Journal, 118:95 (March 1, 1993).

Just Permanent Interests by William L. Clay.  Library Journal, 118:96 (February 1, 1993).

Defending the World by David Adamson. Library Journal, 116:184 (June1, 1992).

Nofzinger by Lyn Nofzinger. Library Journal, 117:184 (September 1, 1992).

Restoration:  Congress, Term Limits and the Recovery of Deliberative Democracy by George F. Will. Library Journal, 117:105 (November 1, 1992)                               

.Limiting Legislative Terms. Gerald Benjamin and Michael Malbin, eds.  Library Journal, 117:105 (November 1, 1992).

In the Shadow of the Dome:  Chronicles of a Capitol Hill Aide by Mark Bisnow. Library Journal, 115 (July, 1990).

Making Peace with the Planetby Barry Commoner. Library Journal, 115 (April, 1990).

The Population Explosion by Paul R. and Anne. H Ehrlich.  Library Journal, 115 (March, 1990).

Losing Ground:  Agricultural Policy and the Decline of the American Farm by Hugh Ulrich. Library Journal, 114 (November, 1989).

Campaign for President:  The Managers Look at ‘88 David R. Ruckle, ed. Library Journal, 114 (October, 1989).


“Why Term Limits Would Be Wrong” The Harrisburg Patriot News. March 29, 2007.

“The Need for Regional Cooperation Among Local Governments in NEPA” The Scranton Times. November, 2003.

“Giving Up Seats in DC Would be Suicide for Pennsylvania.”  The Citizen’s Voice (Wilkes-Barre, PA) and Sunday Times,

Washington, DC, August 1 and 6, 1995, respectively.

“Pennsylvania Has a Long Way to Go in Campaign Reform.” The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA) July 13, 1995.

“Beyond the Brady Bill.”  Houston Chronicle, Harrisburg Patriot, Allentown Morning Call, November, 1993.

“Campaign Finance Reform.”  Harrisburg Patriot and The Times Leader, September, 1993.

“Term Limitations Not Seen as a Panacea to Congressional Problems.”  The Times Leader April, 1993.

“Five Lessons from the New Hampshire Primary.”  The Times Leader, February, 1992.

“The Time is Ripe for Rabble Rousers – Don’t Let Fear Lead the Nation the Wrong Way.”  Citizen’s Voice, November, 1991.


“Assessing a Political Science Program.”  Presentation made at the First Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning in   Political Science sponsored by the APSA.  One of forty selected participants.  Washington, DC. February 19-21,2004.

“Comparing Forms of County Government: Lessons from the Trenches” with students J.J. Hanson and Brian Hosler.  Paper presented at the Pennsylvania Political Science Association meeting, April, 2002.

“Whiter the Democratic Party? The Future of the Party After the 2000 Elections.”  Presentation at the Roundtable on the 2000 Elections at the Pennsylvania Political Science Association meeting, April 6, 2001.

“Teaching the Art of Politics by ‘Making Sausage:’ Using a Congressional Simulation in an Introduction to American Government course.”  With James Yoho.  Paper presented at the Northeast Political Science Association meeting, November 13, 1998.

“Congressional Corruption” with student Philip Engman. Presented at the Pennsylvania Political Science Association meeting, April, 1995.

“Constituent Casework or Congressional Corruption” Presented at the Northeast Political Science Association meeting, November, 1992.

“Institutional Evolution vs. Institutional Revolution: Explaining Change in the U.S. House of Representatives” Presented at the Northeast Political Science Association meeting, November 1990.

“Has Philadelphia Lost Its Political Muscle?” With Sandra Featherman. Presented at the Pennsylvania Political Science Association meeting, April, 1990.

“From Faction to Parties to …?: Political Parties in Pennsylvania, 1787 - 1987” Presented at the Pennsylvania Political Science Association meeting, April 1988.

“The Formation of the Conservative Coalition in Congress:  1934 - 1940”  Presented at the Northeast Political Science Association meeting, November, 1987.

“Institutional Reform and Party Development in the U.S. House of Representatives:  1877-1980”  Presented at the Northeast Political Science Association meeting, November, 1985.

 “Committee Assignment, Career Advancement and Election Marginality in the U.S. House of Representatives” Presented at the Northeast Political Science Association meeting, November 1984.

 “The House Is No Longer A Home:  Aspects of Deinstitutionalization in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1970 -1982” 

Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting, April 1983.

“They Won’t Go Home Again: Explaining the Increasing Rate of Voluntary Departures from the U.S. House of Representatives, 1970 – 1982.”  Presented at the Pennsylvania Political Science Association meeting, March, 1983.

“Adult Development and Political Behavior – A Model.”  Presented at the Northeast Political Science Association meeting, November 1980.

“New Towns As a Solution for the Pressures of Urban Growth: A Comparative Study of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States”  Presented at the Western Political Science Association meeting,  April, 1977.

Outstanding Alumni Mentor Award, Wilkes University, 2009.

National Society of Leadership and Success, Recognized by the Wilkes Chapter for support of student leaders.  One of three faculty so recognized.  2008.

The Final Word Lecture.  Selected by a committee of faculty from among submitted proposals to deliver a lecture, similar to the University of Michigan’s “Last Lecture,” before the faculty at Faculty Recognition Night, May, 2002.

Carpenter Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1996, Wilkes University.

Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1985, Juniata College.

Outstanding Faculty Member, Wilkes University, 2004, 1995, 1993 (one of a small number of faculty named each year).

C-SPAN in the Classroom Seminar for College Professors.  August, 1997.  Washington, D.C.  

“Technology, Communications and Community” Selected by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council to serve as an instructor
in this course taught in Wilkes-Barre, spring, 1996. Commonwealth Speaker. Selected by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council to serve as a speaker in a program funded by the Council and the N.E.H.  Lectures given across Pennsylvania.  1987, 1990, 1993-1995, 1998-2004, 2006-2008.

Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, established chapters at Juniata College (1990) and Wilkes    University (1993).

Bicentennial of the Constitution.  Selected by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council to lead discussion groups on the origins and development of the Constitution, 1987 to 1988.  Also chosen as a speaker in the teacher training program funded by the U.S. Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution at Shippensburg University.

Chautauqua Course, 1989.  Selected to participate in a course directed by Prof. Arthur H. Miller, Department of           Political Science, University of Iowa, titled “Elections: Presidential and Congressional.”

N.E.H. Summer Seminar, 1988.  Selected to participate in a course taught by Prof. Paul Conkin, Department of

History, Vanderbilt University titled “American Regulatory and Welfare Policies: 1888-1988.”

Project ’87 Seminar, 1984.  Selected to participate in a course directed by Prof. William E. Leuchtenberg, Dept. of History, University of North Carolina, titled “The Constitution and the New Deal.”

University of Pennsylvania Teaching Fellowships, 1974 to 1977.

University of Illinois Teaching Assistantship, 1973 to 1974.

University of Illinois University Scholarship, 1972 to 1973.

Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, LaSalle College, inducted May, 1971.


Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society Chapter Activity Grant.  2008.  Awarded $775.00.  “US Immigration Policy.”  In collaboration with several area colleges, two political scientists presented their research on immigration policy to an audience of high school and college students.


Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society Chapter Activity Grant.  2007.  Awarded $750.00.  “What Political Scientists Can Teach Us About Human Rights.”  In collaboration with several area colleges, three political scientists present their research on human right to an audience of high school and college students.

Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society Chapter Activity Grant.  2006.  Awarded $700.00.  “The Supreme Court in American Politics.”  In collaboration with several area colleges, three experts will discuss the role of the Court in contemporary politics to an audience of high school and college students.

Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society Chapter Activity Grant.  2005.  Awarded $800.00.  “Issues and Careers in International Relations.”  A panel of experts on five regions of the world spoke on current problems in the regions and career options in international relations.  Audience of high school and college students.

Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society Chapter Activity Grant.  2004.  Awarded $760.00.

“The 2004 Presidential Election in Historical Perspective.” In collaboration with several area colleges, a panel of three political scientists presented their thoughts on the 2004 presidential election drawing on historical examples.   

University Research Grants, Wilkes University, 1992, 1996.

Faculty Development Research Grants, Juniata College, 1984, 1987.

Faculty Development Computer Research Grant, Juniata College, 1984 .