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Scott L. McLean

Professor of Political Science
Chair of Philosophy and Political Science

BA, Whitman College; PhD, Rutgers-The State Univ of NJ


PO 101

(UC) Issues in Politics - Fall 2019

PO 498

WMI QU in DC Semester - Summer I 2019

PO 303

Political Inquiry - Fall 2019

PO 395

Advanced Internship - Summer II 2019


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I am a Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University. Since arriving at QU in Fall of 1995, I have taught courses in political theory, U.S. parties and elections, political psychology, democratic theory and American cultural and political thought. I am a frequent op-ed contributor to The Hill in Washington DC. I am frequently called upon to provide commentary and analysis in the national and international media organizations such as NPR, CNN, Fox News Network, The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Norway's Verdens Gang, and the London Financial Times. My most recent scholarly publication is "Purple Battlegrounds: Presidential Campaign Strategies and Swing State Voters" in the book Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter, edited by Stacey Hunter Hecht and David Schultz (Lexington Books, 2015, post-election revised edition is coming out in 2017). I originate from eastern Oregon and today I reside in New Haven, Connecticut with my family. I am active in New Haven community issues and I serve on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen Inc.

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