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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 1003. Political Science and the American Founding

Jeffrey Selinger
Introduces the study of politics and the discipline of political science through an exploration of the people, interests, and ideas that shaped the Founding from the American Revolution to the framing of the US Constitution. In particular, uses concepts employed by scholars who study social movements, legislative coalition-building, and international relations to examine the movement for independence, the negotiations that unfolded at the Constitutional Convention, the rhetorical positioning of Federalists and Anti-Federalists during the ratification debate, and the ongoing negotiation over the status of slavery in the new republic.

GOV 2055. Political Parties in the United States

Jeffrey Selinger
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).