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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Koritansky Hall

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

Doug Brattebo, who was raised in Des Moines, Iowa and trained as a scholar of executive leadership, 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.

Since January 1, 2010, Professor Brattebo has worked at Hiram College, where he served until June 30, 2014 as the Director of the Center for Engaged Ethics.  He now serves as Director of the new James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency, in which role he coordinates all aspects of the Center’s strategic vision, programming, and operation. 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; The Virtues, Leadership, and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln; and Engaged Citizenship.  He also co-leads Study Abroad courses to Australia. His most recent co-edited book, with Tom Lansford and Jack Covarrubias, is The Presidential Election of 2012: A Transformation in National Politics (University of Akron Press).

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 2005 to 2008, Brattebo served as the Director of the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC, 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. In 2008 and 2009, Brattebo served as President of the Corporate College in Cleveland, Ohio.  In this capacity, he provided strategic leadership guiding the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs designed to help businesses build the skills of their employees in order to operate more profitably.

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