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David O'Connell

Assistant 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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

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 247 The American Presidency
An in-depth analysis of the nature and significance of "the Man" and "the Office," including constitutional development, presidential roles and customs, the recruitment process, the executive branch, and the politics of the presidency. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.