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Robert Saldin

American Government & Politics
Liberal Arts 354 (406) 243-4418


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 venues 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.


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)
  • Political Regimes & Society (PSCI 191 - GLI Freshman Seminar)
  • Environmental Politics (PSCI 360), Spring 2010


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

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).


Project on American Democracy and Citizenship

Student Fellowship

The PADC seeks a UM student with intellectual interests and career goals that are consistent with the Project's mission. Interested students must apply for this position in writing and will be selected on a competitive basis. PADC Fellows will assist in planning and coordinating PADC activities and will work closely with PADC-affiliated faculty as a research assistant. This position will provide critical administrative assistance to the PADC. More importantly, it will provide students with valuable opportunities to pursue their intellectual interests through close interaction with faculty and visiting speakers. To apply, please send an email explaining your interest in the Fellowship, a CV/resume, and contact information for one reference to by Tuesday, January 28.

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