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Government and Legal Studies

Jeffrey Selinger

Associate Professor of Government


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Government And Legal Studies

Dudley Coe Building - 305

Teaching this semester

GOV 1100. Introduction to American Government

Jeffrey Selinger
Provides a comprehensive overview of the American political process. Specifically, traces the foundations of American government (the Constitution, federalism, civil rights, and civil liberties), its political institutions (Congress, presidency, courts, and bureaucracy), and its electoral processes (elections, voting, and political parties). Also examines other influences, such as public opinion and the mass media, which fall outside the traditional institutional boundaries, but have an increasingly large effect on political outcomes.

GOV 3030. American Political Development

Jeffrey Selinger
Examines how the United States developed from a modest, agrarian republic into a modern, mass democracy. How have the forces often associated with the process of modernization (e.g., the expansion of commerce and new media, the growth of industry, the rise of a welfare and regulatory state) changed the shape of America’s representative institutions and the nature of American political culture? Readings focus on the development of the electoral system, the emergence of a modern bureaucratic establishment, and the rise of the presidency as the focal point of party politics. Discussion examines how these and other developments have shaped America’s liberal democratic values and transformed its political institutions.

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).