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Dr. Harvey Schantz

Professor of Political Science


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Johns Hopkins University (1978)
  • M.A. in Political Science, Johns Hopkins University (1975)
  • B.A. in Political Science, Brooklyn College (1973)

Courses Taught

  • U.S. National Politics
  • U.S. Congress & Presidency
  • U.S. Political Parties & Interest Groups
  • U.S. Public Opinion & Voting Behavior
  • Seminar on Elections

Selected Publications

  • Edited Books
    • American Presidential Elections: Process, Policy, and Political Change (Albany: SUNY Press, 1996).
    • Politics in an Era of Divided Government: Elections and Governance in the Second Clinton Administration (New York: Routledge, 2001).
  • Media Interviews on Current Elections/Politics Over 200 on the record media interviews with more than thirty outlets, on the local, campus, and out of the region/national levels.
    • Since 2014, media credits include
      • Newspapers-Press Republican, Times Union, Associated Press and washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix
      • Television-Fox 44/ABC 22 Local News, WPTZ TV, and WCAX TV
      • Radio-WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Vermont Public Radio
      • On Campus-Cardinal Points and Big Ideas Blog, SUNY.edu
  • Recent Scholarly Papers at New York State Political Science Association
    • “Public Approval of NY State Governors: Partisan Evaluations of Pataki, Spitzer, and Paterson,” Saratoga Springs, 2010.
    • “Inter-Party Competition for Congressional Seats in NY State,” Niagara, 2011.
    • “Voting Behavior in NY State Gubernatorial Elections,” Staten Island, 2012.
    • “The Effectiveness of Party Designations in NY Statewide Nominations,” Syracuse, 2013.
    • “Inter-Party Competition for Congressional Seats: The 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s,” Plattsburgh, 2015.
    • “After the 17th Amendment (1913): Party and Incumbency in U.S. Senate Elections in NY State,” New Paltz, 2016.

Selected Honors & Activities

  • American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, Capitol Hill, 1977–1978
  • Yale University Visiting Fellow, New Haven, 1985–1986
  • Cited by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in U.S. Supreme Court case of New York State Board of Elections v. Lopez Torres, 552 U.S. 196 (2008)
  • Vice-President, New York State Political Science Association, 2015–2017
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