Emeriti Faculty

 

W.B. Allen, Professor Emeritus

W.B. Allen is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, with teaching and research interests in: political philosophy, American government, and jurisprudence.  He has recently served in the Department as Interim Director, Program in Public Policy and Administration and chairs in the University Working Group for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education.  He is also a Fulbright Senior Fellow.  In previous appointments Professor Allen served as Director, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (1998-99); Dean and Professor, James Madison College, Michigan State University (1993-98); Professor of Government, Harvey Mudd College (1972-94); Chairman, United States Commission on Civil Rights (1988-89); and Member (1987-92); and Member, National Council on the Humanities (1984-1987).

Email: allenwi@msu.edu

 

Mohammed Ayoob, Professor Emeritus

Mohammed Ayoob is Professor Emeritus of International Relations.  A specialist on conflict and security in the Third World, his publications on the subject have included conceptual essays as well as case studies dealing with South Asia, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, and Southeast Asia.  He has also published books and articles on the interaction between religion and politics in the Muslim world.  He has been awarded fellowships and research grants from the Ford, Rockefeller, MacArthur, and MSU Foundations, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, and the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.  He has acted as a consultant to the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty; the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change appointed by the UN Secretary General; and the Ford Foundation.

Email: ayoob@msu.edu

 

Cleo H. Cherryholmes, Professor Emeritus

Cleo H. Cherryholmes is Professor Emeritus of Teacher Education and Political Science. He received his B.A. from Yale in 1960, an M.S. from Kansas State Teachers College in 1963, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University in 1966. He joined Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor in 1966, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1969, and to Professor in 1982. He is coauthor of Representatives and Roll Calls: A Computer Simulation of Voting in the Eighty-eighth Congress (1969), and author of Power and Criticism: Poststructural Investigations in Education (1988), Reading Pragmatism (1999), and Social Studies-the Next Generation: Re-searching in the Postmodern (2006).

Email: cherry@msu.edu

 

Charles O. Press, Professor Emeritus

Charles Press is a Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he completed his B.J. at the University of Missouri in 1948, earned his M.A. in Political Science at the University of Minnesota in 1951, and his Ph.D. in 1953. Press joined the Michigan State University Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor in 1954, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1956, and to Professor in 1965. He is author of over thirty books and monographs, as well as numerous journal articles. His coauthored books include Democracy in Urban America (1961), The American Political Process (1965, 1969), Governing Urban America (1968, 1977), American Politics Reappraised: The Enchantment of Camelot Dispelled (1973, 1974), State and Community Governments in the Federal System (1979, 1983), and American Policy Studies (1981). In addition to co-editing Democracy in Urban America: Readings on Government and Politics (1961) and Empathy and Ideology (1966), he is the sole author of American Politics and Journalists (1988), Democracy in the Fifty States (1966), and The Political Cartoon (1981). Press is a past president of the Midwest Political Science Association. He currently lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

Email: pressc@msu.edu

 

 

 

Ronald E. Puhek, Associate Professor Emeritus

Ronald E. Puhek is Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He received his B.A. from the College of St. Thomas in 1961, his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1963, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska in 1967. He joined the Department of Social Science in the University College as an Instructor in the University College in 1966 and the Political Science Department as an Associate Professor in 1988. He is author of The Metaphysical Imperative: A Critique of the Modern Approach to Science (1982, 1998), Violence (1996), The Powers of Knowledge (1997), Spiritual Meditations (1997), The Blue Trilogy (1998), A Guide to the Nature and Practice of Seminars in Integrative Studies (1998), Social Consciousness: Renewed Theory in the Social Sciences (1998), Mind, Soul, and Spirit: An Inquiry Into the Spiritual Derailments of Modern Life (1998), The Spirit of Contemplation (1998), and Stephen of the Holy Mountain (1998,1990). He retired from teaching and entered the emeritus ranks in 2006.

Email: puhek@msu.edu

 

David W. Rohde, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus

David W. Rohde is a University Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He received his B.S. from Canisius College in 1967 and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1971. Rohde joined the Department as an Assistant Professor in 1970, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1973, and to Professor in 1978. He served as a University Distinguished Professor from 1992-1993 and from 1994 to 2005. Rohde is coauthor of Supreme Court Decision Making (1976), coeditor of Home Style and Washington Work (1989), author of Parties and Leaders in the Postreform House (1991), coeditor Why Not Parties? (2008), and coauthor of a series of fifteen books on U.S. presidential and congressional elections, the most recent of which is Change and Continuity in the 2008 and 2010 Elections (2012). Rohde is currently Ernestine Friedel Professor of Political Science and director of the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program at Duke University.

Email: rohde@duke.edu

 

Joseph A. Schlesinger, Professor Emeritus

Joseph A. Schlesinger is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Michigan State University. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1942. After serving in the U.S Army during World War II, he received an A.M. from Harvard in 1947, and an A.M. in Political Science from Yale University in 1947 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1955. He joined the Political Science Department as in Instructor in 1953, was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1958, and promoted to Professor in 1963. Schlesinger is author of How They Became Governor: A Study of Comparative State Politics (1957), Ambition and Politics: Political Careers in the United States (1966), and Political Parties and the Winning of Office (1991). He and his wife Mildred S. Schlesinger live in East Lansing and study French political parties.

Email: schlesi1@msu.edu

 

Brian Silver, Professor Emeritus

A member of the MSU faculty since 1975, Professor Silver served as Chair of the Department of Political Science from 1987 to 1996.  From 1994-1997 he directed the "State of the State Survey," a quarterly survey of public opinion in Michigan.  Since 2008 he served as Director of MSU's Center for Statistical Training and Consulting.  Honored with a Distinguished Faculty Award by MSU in 1991, Silver has also been a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Davis Center for Russion Studies at Harvard University, and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science at Stanford University.

Before coming to MSU, Professor Silver served on the faculty of Florida State University.  He earned his PhD in Political Science and a Certificate in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Wisconsin (Madison).  He earned his B.A. at Reed College.

He has won several major grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Council for Russion and East European and Eurasian Research, the International Research and Exchanges Board, and other academic councils and private foundations.

His main research focused on the comparative study of political attitudes and political culture, with a particular interest in ethnic and national identification, nationalism, and support for democratic institutions.  He has published widely on these and other subjects in the leading scholarly journals in political science, public opinion, demography, and Russian and Eurasian studies.

Professor Silver's main teaching interests were comparative politics, research design, and mass political behavior.

 

Ralph H. Smuckler, Dean Emeritus

Ralph H. Smuckler is Dean Emeritus at Michigan State University. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1948, his M.A. in 1949, and his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1952. He became an Instructor at Michigan State University in 1951, was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1953, to Associate Professor in 1956, and to Professor in 1963. In 1963, he became Dean of International Studies and Programs. He is author of numerous reports, as well as a history of international studies at Michigan State University, A University Turns to the World (2003). He currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Email: ralphhs@aol.com

 

Harold J. Spaeth, Professor Emeritus

Harold J. Spaeth is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He received his B.A. from Xavier University in 1952, his M.A. from Xavier University in 1953, a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1956, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1981. He joined the Political Science Department as an Associate Professor in 1964 and was promoted to Professor in 1968. He is editor of The Predicament of Modern Politics (1964), author of The Warren Court: Cases and Commentaries (1966), author of An Introduction to Supreme Court Decision Making (1972), coauthor of Supreme Court Decision Making (1976), editor of Classic and Current Decisions of the United States Supreme Court (1977), author of Supreme Court Policy Making: Explanation and Prediction (1979), coeditor of The Constitution of the United States with Case Summaries (1987), coeditor of Studies in U.S. Supreme Court Behavior (1990), coauthor of The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model (1990), coauthor of Stare Indecisis: The Alteration of Precedent on the Supreme Court (1995), coauthor of Majority Rule or Minority Will: Adherence to Precedent on the U.S. Supreme Court (1999), The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model Revisited (2002), and coauthor of The Supreme Court and the American Legal System (2005). He is past president of the Midwest Political Science Association. Spaeth is the creator of the widely used U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Database that is being expanded with major funding from the National Science Foundation to include all of the Court's decisions since 1792. He is currently a Research Professor at the Michigan State University College of Law and lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

Email: spaeth@msu.edu

 

James Wagman, Professor Emeritus

James Wagman is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He received his B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1961, his M.A. in 1963, and his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1966. He joined the Political Science Department as a Professor in 1988. He currently lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

Email: wagman@msu.edu

 

Jerry Weinberger, Professor Emeritus, University Distinguished Professor

Jerry Weinberger is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science and University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University.  From 1997-2001 he was Chair of the Department of Political Science.  He received his B.A. from The University of California at Berkeley in 1967 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1973.  He won the Michigan State University Teacher-Scholar Award, has won fellowships from the Earhart Foundation and the Institute for Educational Affairs, and has twice been a Senior Research Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He is the Director of the LeFrak Forum and Co-Director of the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy, both located in the Department of Political Science.  In 2007, he won the Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award.

Professor Weinberger has pursued a career-long interest in the relation between modern politics and the rise of modern science and technology.  He has written extensively on the seventeenth century philosopher and statesman Sir Francis Bacon and more recently has lectured and written on the emerging subject of biotechnology.  Professor Weinberger is also interested in the intersection of politics and literature.  He is currently working on a new book on the political thought of Martin Heidegger.