David Rankin, Chair
My teaching fields are in American Politics, Media and Politics, Campaigns and Elections, Public Opinion and Political Participation. Research areas include political psychology and political communication in which I am interested in symbolic politics, media influence, political attitudes, learning and behavior. I have published articles in journals such as Political Behavior, Comparative Politics, and Presidential Studies Quarterly, and contributed to several books. I have recently published a book on "U.S. Politics and Generation Y: Engaging the Millennials" (2013), coauthored the books "Winning the White House, 2008" (2009), “Winning the White House, 2004: Region by Region, Vote by Vote" (2005), and co-edited the book “Transformed by Crisis: The Presidency of George W. Bush and American Politics” (2004). I have received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004) and the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011). I also serve as the coordinator for internships in Washington, DC.
My teaching interests are in international politics and American politics. Among them, I teach classes on American Foreign Policy, the introduction course on international politics (US and World Affairs), and the introduction to American politics. Additionally, I teach a dynamic class on Middle Eastern politics. My research is focused on the interactive relationship between domestic and international politics. I have ongoing research projects that investigate the impact of domestic politics on wartime policy. I am actively involved on campus serving as an advisor for multiple student organizations.
Raymond J. Rushboldt
I am a proud alumnus of SUNY/Fredonia, graduating "with greatest honors" with a major in both Politics and International Affairs and History. Recipient of various awards, including Dawley Award for Outstanding Senior in Politics and International Affairs (Fredonia) and three year Social Science Divisional Assistantship (SUNY/Buffalo). My Ph.D. thesis is on explanations of the levels of voting turnout for elections at the state and local level. My major teaching interests are in American Politics- including voting and elections and state/local government- and in Comparative Politics (especially Western Europe and former Soviet Union). I have also taught courses at SUNY/Buffalo, St. Bonaventure University, & Jamestown Community College. I am currently a member of the College Senate, Chairman of the SEFA campaign, and advisor to a variety of student groups. I am also currently the Director of SUNY Model European Union.
I teach several courses in international politics, among them comparative politics of developing nations, U.S. foreign policy, International Political Economy and Latin American affairs. Research areas include urbanization & environmental sustainability in Latin America, urban governance in Brazil, and inter-American relations. I have conducted extensive field research in Brazil and Mexico, and have presented the results at national and international conferences. I authored Urban Brazil: Visions, Afflictions and Governance Lessons (Cambria Press 2008),and co-edited The Geography, Politics and Architecture of Cities (Edwin Mellen Press 2012). I am a contributor to the Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations (CQ Press), and have several published articles. A great enthusiast of study abroad programs, I organized and directed overseas courses in Brazil and Mexico. I have a broad experience in international journalism, including broadcasting contributions to the BBC and Deutsche Welle radio services, and also to key Brazilian media outlets.