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Faculty Image Robert Saldin
Office: Liberal Arts 354
Phone: (406) 243-2461
Curriculum Vita: View/Download CV



I am an Associate Professor of Political Science, the Director of the Project on American Democracy and Citizenship, and a Fellow in Ethics and Public Affairs at the Mansfield Center. I write and teach about American government, political development, and public policy. My first book was War, the American State, and Politics since 1898 (Cambridge University Press, 2011; paperback, 2013), and my scholarly articles have appeared in outlets such as The Journal of Politics, the Journal of Policy History, and Political Research Quarterly. From 2010-2012, I was on leave at Harvard University as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research. Previously, I was the Patrick Henry Scholar at Johns Hopkins University, a Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Office Hours:

Spring 2015:

Thursdays, 12:00 - 2:00 and by appointment


Regularly Offered Courses:

Introduction to American Government (PSCI 210)

The American Political System (PSCI 340)

Political Parties and Elections (PSCI 341)

The American Presidency (PSCI 346)

U.S. Congress (PSCI 347)

American Government Graduate Seminar (PSCI 540)

Special Offerings:

Presidential Inauguration Seminar (PSCI 491 in Washington, DC; Wintersession following presidential elections)

National Party Conventions (PSCI 491 at the Democratic National Convention and/or the Republican National Convention in presidential election years)


Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2008

B.A., Davidson College, 2000

Professional Experience:

Fellow. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. Harvard University. 2010 – 2012.

Postdoctoral Fellow. Johns Hopkins University. Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Fellowship. Department of Political Science. 2007 – 2008.

Fellow. Miller Center of Public Affairs. American Political Development Dissertation Fellowship. Governing America in a Global Era Program. 2006 – 2007.

Visiting Scholar. University of California, Berkeley. Institute of Governmental Studies. 2005 – 2007.

Selected Publications:

When Only Bad Policy Stands a Chance (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015).

"Gaming the CBO," National Affairs (Fall 2014).

War, the American State, and Politics since 1898 (Cambridge University Press, 2011; paperback 2013).

“What War’s Good For: Minority Rights Expansions in American Political Development” in New Directions in American Politics, Raymond La Raja, editor (Routledge, 2013).

Strange Bedfellows: War and Minority Rights,” World Affairs (March/April 2011).

William McKinley and the Rhetorical Presidency,” Presidential Studies Quarterly 41:1 (2011).

"Healthcare Reform: A Prescription for the 2010 Republican Landslide?The Forum 8:4 (2010).

"Foreign Affairs and Party Ideology: The Case of Democrats and World War II," Journal of Policy History 22:4 (2010).

"World War I and the 'System of 1896,'" Journal of Politics 72:3 (2010).

"Foreign Affairs and the 2008 Election," The Forum 6:4 (2008).