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Richard Pious

Professor of Political Science


Adolph S. and Effie Ochs Chair in History and American Studies

Richard M. Pious, professor of political science and Adolph S. and Effie Ochs Chair in History and American Studies, taught at Columbia College from 1968 through 1972, and joined the Barnard faculty in 1973. He also taught at York University, Toronto. Professor Pious's teaching includes courses on American politics, constitutional and public law, and political decision making.

Professor Pious has written widely on American politics and the American presidency. He is the author of several books, including The American Presidency; The President, Congress, and the Constitution; and The War on Terrorism and the Rule of Law. His articles have appeared in the Wisconsin Law Review, the Journal of International Affairs, the Journal of Armed Forces and Society, Political Science Quarterly, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. He has written several books for young audiences, including The Young Oxford Companion to the Presidency of the United States.

He is the editor of a ten-volume series of classic editions in public, comparative, and international law.

Professor Pious's research in comparative and international politics includes work on Quebec and Canadian politics, the transitions from communist to post-communist politics, and Taiwanese-American relations. He writes research reports for Oxford Analytica, a newsletter for corporate executives and government officials around the world.

Professor Pious has been an adviser to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Mission to the United Nations, and he regularly consults for the Foreign Ministry of Japan.

His media appearances include many foreign radio and television broadcasts, and public service videos promoting voter turnout on MTV. He has been a commentator on Voice of America.

Selected Publications:

Why Presidents Fail: White House Decision Making from Eisenhower to Bush II.  (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008)

The War on Terrorism and the Rule of Law (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006)

The Oxford Guide to the United States Government, with J. J. Patrick and D. A. Ritchie (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001)

The Presidency (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1996)

Presidents, Elections, and Democracy, editor (New York: Academy of Political Science, 1992)

American Politics and Government (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1986)

The President, Congress, and the Constitution: Power and Legitimacy in American Politics, with C. H. Pyle (New York: Free Press, 1984)

The Power to Govern: Assessing Reform in the United States, Centennial Volume of the Academy of Political Science, editor (New York: Academy of Political Science, 1982)

The American Presidency (New York: Basic Books, 1979)

Civil Rights and Liberties in the 1970s, editor (New York: Random House, 1972)


Updated on August 30, 2011 by Nell Dillon-Ermers.

 

Academic Focus: 

American politics
American national government
Presidential politics and government
Presidential and congressional elections
Constitutional and public law
National security politics and processes
Environmental politics and policy-making

Courses: 

You will find selected syllabi and course evaluations published on-line.

POLS BC 1001  Dynamics of American Politics (no longer part of the curriculum)
Cross-listed by the American Studies Program

POLS V 3212  Environmental Politics
There is no prerequisite, but some knowledge of American politics and government (i.e. prior high school or college coursework) is recommended.
Counts as a Political Science introductory-level American Politics course
Cross-listed by the American Studies Program

POLS BC 3331  Colloquium on American Political Decision making
This colloquium is open to undergraduates from all divisions. You must sign up near the middle of the preceding semester through the Political Science Department for admission to this course, and assignment is made by the Department.
Counts as one of the two required Barnard Political Science colloquia
Cross-listed by the American Studies Program and by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies
Prerequisite: An introductory-level American Politics course

POLS BC 3761  Senior Research Seminar in American Politics (no longer part of the curriculum)

POLS W 4316  The American Presidency
This course is open to undergraduates with sophomore standing and graduate students in all divisions.
Cross-listed by the American Studies Program
Prerequisite: An introductory-level American Politics course

POLS W 4321  The Constitutional Law of Presidential-Congressional Relations
This course is open to undergraduates with sophomore standing and graduate students in all divisions.
Cross-listed by the American Studies Program
Prerequisite: An introductory-level American Politics course

FYSB BC 1203  First-year Seminar on the Crisis of Authority

SCPP BC 3334  Science & Public Policy course on Science, State Power and Ethics
(with Professor Timothy Halpin-Healy)

Sabbatical: 

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Contact: 

Tel 212.854.5438
Fax 212.854.3024
rpious@barnard.edu

Office Hours: 

Spring 2014:

Monday and Wednesday, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

408 Lehman Hall

Education: 

M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University
 

B.A., Colby College

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'Why Presidents Fail'
 
'The War on Terrorism and Rule of Law'
 
'The President, Congress and the Constitution'

 

In the News

Partisan politics is only one of many pitfalls, according to Professor Richard Pious