Location: Bowdoin / Jeffrey S. Selinger

Government and Legal Studies

Jeffrey Selinger

Associate Professor of Government
(on leave for spring 2019 semester)


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Government and Legal Studies

Dudley Coe Building - 305

Teaching this semester

GOV 2055. Political Parties in the United States

Throughout American political history, parties have been among the most adept institutions at organizing political conflict and, more generally, American political life. In this vein, the role of political parties in the evolution of American politics is discussed. Special attention is given to the present political context, which many characterize as an era of ideologically polarized parties. Explores and challenges this conventional wisdom.

Jeffery S. Selinger: Bowdoin College: Gov


  • M.A. and Ph.D.  Cornell University
  • B.A. Rutgers University

Mr. Selinger is Associate Professor of Government with teaching responsibilities in American politics. His research interests include political parties, public policy, the American presidency, and American political development.

Embracing Dissent: Political Violence and Party Development in the United States (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, 2013-2014

"Making Sense of Presidential Restraint: Foundational Arrangements and Executive Decision-Making before the Civil War," Presidential Studies Quarterly 44 (March 2014): 27-49.

“Rethinking the Development of Legitimate Party Opposition in the United States, 1793-1828,”  Political Science Quarterly 127 (Summer 2012): 263-287.

“After Independence: Foreign Affairs and Political Development in the New Republic,” A History of the U.S. Political System: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions, eds. Richard A. Harris and Daniel J. Tichenor, (Santa-Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2009).