Douglas Brattebo

Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Engaged Ethics


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

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Academic interest: American Presidency, American Politics and Law, Foreign and Domestic Policymaking

Raised in West Des Moines, Iowa, and trained as a scholar of executive leadership, Doug Brattebo believes in getting things done.  His professional experiences have introduced him to ideas, people, places, and causes that during his childhood seemed a world away.  Professor Brattebo's interests today reside at the nexus of ethical executive leadership, civic education, globalization, and the preservation of the planet.  He believes that the twenty-first century will determine the outcome of the human enterprise. Brattebo has won campus-wide teaching awards at Hiram College (2016) and the United States Naval Academy (2002).

Since January 1, 2010, Professor Brattebo has worked at Hiram College, where he served as the Director of the Center for Engaged Ethics until the summer of 2014.  He now serves as Director of the James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency. Among the courses Professor Brattebo teaches at Hiram are: Ethics in U.S. Foreign Policy; Introduction to American Government; The American Presidency and the Executive Branch; Political Parties and Interest Groups; The U.S. Congress; The Virtues, Leadership, and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln; and Engaged Citizenship.  He also co-leads Study Abroad courses to Australia and New Zealand. In January of 2016, he was the winner of the Vencl-Carr Award for Excellence in Teaching, which honors a faculty member who has made “significant contributions to the education of students beyond the classroom and who has further developed the bond between Hiram College faculty and students.” His most recent co-edited books, both through the University of Akron Press in 2015, are A Transformation in National Politics: The Presidential Election of 2012 (with Tom Lansford and Jack Covarrubias) and Culture, Rhetoric, and Voting: The Presidential Election of 2012 (with Lansford, Covarrubias, and Robert J. Pauly, Jr.). Among other subjects, his recent chapters have investigated the demographic dilemmas facing the Republican Party, the politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act, and the narrow 2014 reelection victory of U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).

Professor Brattebo is a 1990 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Iowa with majors in political science and history and a minor in journalism.  He earned a M.A. in American politics from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1992, and went on to earn a Ph.D., with a special emphasis on the American presidency, from the same institution in 1998.  In addition, Brattebo earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999 and is a member of the Maryland Bar Association.From 1999 to 2005, Brattebo was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he taught honors Introduction to American Government, The American Presidency and the Executive Branch, and a seminar on the Democratic Peace.  In May of 2002, he was the winner of the Naval Academy's prestigious Apgar Award for Teaching Excellence for demonstrating "effectiveness in teaching the qualities of leadership, with special emphasis on character, responsibility, and integrity, through the academic environment, curriculum, and mentoring roles outside the classroom."

From 1999 to 2005, Brattebo was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he taught Honors Introduction to American Government, The American Presidency and the Executive Branch, and a Seminar on the Democratic Peace.  In May of 2002, he was the winner of the Naval Academy's prestigious Apgar Award for Teaching Excellence for demonstrating "effectiveness in teaching the qualities of leadership, with special emphasis on character, responsibility, and integrity, through the academic environment, curriculum, and mentoring roles outside the classroom."


From 2005 to 2008, Brattebo served as the Director of the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, D.C., and transformed the program through modernization and growth.  As EPFP Director, Brattebo travelled to India and China to meet with educators in those countries and examine the links between education, globalization, and economic development. During the 2015-2016 academic year, he participated as a Fellow in the Global Education Policy Fellowship (GEPFP), studying education policy in Bhutan and visiting primary, secondary, and higher education institutions in that country in October 2015.

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