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Douglas M. Brattebo, Ph.D., J.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science
Director, James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency

Douglas M. Brattebo is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency. Among the courses Brattebo teaches are: Ethics in U.S. Foreign Policy; Introduction to American Government; The American Presidency and the Executive Branch; The U.S. Congress; Political Parties and Interest Groups; The Virtues, Leadership, and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln; and Engaged Citizenship. A world traveler, he also leads study away courses to Australia, New Zealand, and the ancient forests of the U.S. Pacific coast. Brattebo has won campus-wide teaching awards at both Hiram College (2016) and the U.S. Naval Academy (2002). Among his two dozen publications are five co-edited books.

Education

  • B.A., University of Iowa
  • M.A., University of Maryland
  • PH.D., University of Maryland
  • J.D., Georgetown University

Research Interests

Professor Brattebo’s research interests center on the American presidency and U.S. political institutions. Of particular fascination to him are presidential campaigns and elections, voting behavior and the Electoral College, the connection between presidential leadership and policymaking, and the contrasts between the political systems of the U.S. and other democracies. Brattebo’s research also explores the subject areas of civic engagement, human happiness, and the preservation of the planet.

Selected Publications

  • Douglas M. Brattebo, “Wisconsin Senate Race (Ron Johnson v. Russ Feingold): Stunning Upset in the Badger State,” in The Roads to Congress 2016, Edited by Sean D. Foreman and Marcia L. Godwin, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Douglas M. Brattebo, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010),” in Government at Work: Policymaking in the Twenty-First Century Congress, Edited by Sunil Ahuja and Robert Dewhirst, Lexington Books, 2016.
  • Douglas M. Brattebo, Tom Lansford, and Jack Covarrubias, Editors, A Transformation in American National Politics: The Presidential Election of 2012, University of Akron Press, 2015.
  • Douglas M. Brattebo, Tom Lansford, and Jack Covarrubias, Editors, Culture, Rhetoric, and Voting: The Presidential Election of 2012, University of Akron Press, 2015.
  • Douglas M. Brattebo, “Virginia Senate Race (Mark Warner v. Ed Gillespie): A Surprisingly Close Contest in a Swing State,” in The Roads to Congress 2014, Edited by Sean D. Foreman and Robert Dewhirst, Lexington Books, 2015.

Fun Facts

  • Growing up in Iowa, the state that goes first every four years in the presidential nomination process, helped ignite Professor Brattebo’s interest in the American presidency.
  • Among the countries Professor Brattebo has been fortunate to visit are Australia, Bhutan, Canada, China, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
  • Professor Brattebo may well be America’s greatest living fisherman.