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As a political scientist, I have tried to show students that the study of politics is not something remote from them and entirely abstract. I try to show them that it touches them daily in a variety of ways, including how they think about themselves and what they question and don’t question. I tell them that defeated and ignored alternatives may be worth examining, and that politics involves far more than government or elections.”

John tries to get students to listen to each other, to learn from each other, and to recognize that each student can make unique contributions to the class. “I don’t think it’s my role to get the student to think the way I think. My role is to give them the skills for critical thinking to reach their own conclusions about politics and morality. I think an enormous resource is wasted if students learn only from a professor. All students have insights which come from their own experiences.”


  • B.A. University of Texas
  • M.A. University of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin

Current Research Interests

  • The Role of Money in American Politics