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Faculty Profile

David O'Connell

Associate Professor of Political Science (2013)

Contact Information

oconneld@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 13
717.254.8092
http://www.davidjoconnell.com/

Bio

O'Connell studies American politics, with his primary interests including the presidency and the role of religion in American politics. He is the author of God Wills It: Presidents and the Political Use of Religion, and his research and writing has been published in, or is forthcoming in, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Politics and Religion, Political Science Quarterly, and White House Studies. O’Connell is the 2018 recipient of Dickinson’s Constance & Rose Ganoe Memorial Award for Inspirational Teaching.

Education

  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • M.A., Columbia University, 2007
  • M.Phil, 2009
  • Ph.D., 2012

Awards

  • Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2017-18

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

POSC 120 American Government
A basic introductory course in American federal government which emphasizes its structure and operation. Special attention is given to the executive, legislative, and judicial processes.

POSC 232 Religion in American Politics
Cross-listed with RELG 232-01.

RELG 232 Religion in American Politics
Cross-listed with POSC 232-01.

POSC 290 The Politics of Am Pop Culture
Topics not normally studied in depth in the regular offerings are analyzed in these special topics courses. Recent offerings have included: Contemporary Political Ideologies, Mexican Politics, Political Thought of the Enlightenment, Politics in Fiction, Separation of Powers, The Bill of Rights, and Italian Politics. Prerequisite for 290 is dependent upon topic.