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Scott L. Mc Lean
Associate Professor of Political Science
Political Analyst, Quinnipiac Polling Institute
Quinnipiac University
275 Mt. Carmel Ave., Box 68
Hamden, CT 06518

Home Phone: (203) 389-1069 
Office Phone: (203) 582-8686
e-mail: scott.mclean@quinnipiac.edu

TEACHING INTERESTS

  • Political Theory: Democratic Theory, American Political Theory, Modern European Political Theory (18th, 19th and 20th centuries) 
  • American Government: Elections and Political Parties, Congress, the Presidency, Public Policy
  • EDUCATION
  • 1994: Ph.D. in Political Science, Rutgers University. 
  • 1991: M.A. in Political Science, Rutgers University. 
  • 1986: B.A. with honors in Political Science, Whitman College.

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    PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH

                        "Learning About Campaign 2000: The New Hampshire Primary." Published on C-SPAN Campaign 2000 Web Site. February-March 2000.  http://www.c-span.org/classroom/lessonplans/campaign/quinn.asp

    "Land That I Love: Feelings Toward Country at Century’s End" Public Perspective, April/May 1999: 21-25.

     

    "Using National Issues Forums in Introductory Political Science." National Issues Forum Syllabi Collection. Edited by John Cavanaugh and Joel Diamond. American Political Science Association / Kettering Foundation (forthcoming, 2000).

    "Civic Engagement Survey." Quinnipiac College Polling Institute/Connecticut Secretary of the State Joint Project, September 1999. Release: http://www.sots.state.ct.us/Press/Releases/QPoll.html

    "Citizenship," Encyclopedia of American History. Edited by John Mack Faragher. Sachem Publishing 1998

    "Separation of Powers," Encyclopedia of American History. Edited by John Mack Faragher. Sachem Publishing 1998

    "Censorship," Encyclopedia of American History.Edited by John Mack Faragher.  Sachem Publishing 1998 

    "Checks and Balances" Encyclopedia of American History.Edited by John Mack Faragher.  Sachem Publishing 1998

    "Liberalism." Encyclopedia of American History. Edited by John Mack Faragher. Sachem Publishing, 1998

    "The Dodd Family." Encyclopedia of New England Culture (forthcoming, 2000)

    "Nationalism and the American Founding." Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Meeting, Boston, MA, September 1998. 

    "Puritan Thought and the Problem of the Outsider: The Roots of American Nationalism." Paper presented at the New England Political Science Association Meeting, April 1998.

    "The Politics of Americanization: Immigration and the Meaning of Citizenship" Paper presented at the New England Political Science Association Meeting, April 1997.

    "Nations, Empires or Democracies? Tocqueville, Mill and the American Puzzle." Paper presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association Meeting, November 1996.

    "Book Review: Thomas Paine: Apostle of Liberty by Jack Fruchtman." Journal of the Early Republic 15.3 (1996): 515-516.

    "Thomas Paine: The Prophet of Liberal Nationalism?" Presented at the Northeast Political Science Association Meeting, November, 1995.

    "Popular Memory, Imagination and Forgetfulness: Thomas Paine on the Technology of Prophecy." presented at the Western Political Science Association Meeting, March 1995.

    "Law, Ethnicity and Patriotism: The Constitutional Nationalism of the Federalists." Paper presented at the Northeast Political Science Association meeting, November 11, 1994.

    "Constitutionalism versus Cosmopolitanism: The Federalist Myths of the Nation." Paper presented at the Southern Political Science Association Meeting, November 5, 1994.

    "Competing Organizations and Congressional Oversight of Defense Programs: The Case Study of the B-2 Bomber." Paper presented at the Northeast International Studies Association meeting, November, 1992.

    "Alexis de Tocqueville on Citizenship, Morality and Religion in Commercial Democracy." M.A thesis, Rutgers University, 1990.

    "The Religious Right and the Neoconservatives." B.A. honors thesis, Whitman College, 1986.
     

    Ph. D DISSERTATION
    "Patriots and Prophets: American Nationalism in International Society." Ph.D. Dissertation, August, 1994. Explored the mytho-religious aspects of the idea of "the American nation" as it evolved from the Puritan colonists to the debates on Constitutional ratification to the end of the Cold War. Dissertation Committee: Wilson Carey McWilliams, Benjamin R. Barber, Peter Dennis Bathory and John H. Schaar.
     

    SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

    Member, Youth State of Democracy Board, Office of the Secretary of the State, Hartford Connecticut.
     

    Study Circle Leader, Institute for Learning in Retirement. "Mark Twain" Spring 1997, Spring 1999 Fall 1999 and Spring 2000.

    Democratic Ward Committee, New Haven, CT. 1998- present.

    Election Night Analyst, WELI Radio, New Haven, 1999, 1998, 1997.

    Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, New Haven Connecticut.

    Community Developers Local Policy Committee, First and Summerfield United Methodist Church

    Volunteer Canoe Guide for New Haven Schoolchildren, City of New Haven Riverkeeper Program, Quinnipiac River, 1998

    Moderator, "Americans Talk Social Security" Citizen-Student Forum, Yale University, November 7, 1998.

    Moderator, "QC Forum: A Conversation with Lt. Governor Jodi Rell." Broadcast October 1997

    Weekly Political Analyst, Radio station WELI, New Haven, CT, 1996-1997.

    Assistant Youth Minister, Hamden Plains Methodist Church, Hamden, CT, 1995-present.

    Organizer, "Debate Watch 1996." October 6, 1996

    Organizer, "QC Forum: Women Running For Office," Broadcast October 18, 1996.

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