How Political Scientists Teach Civic Engagement

Here, political scientists share their strategies for teaching. Included posts and articles, from PoliticalScienceNow.com, the Journal of Political Science Education, and PS: Political Science, address ways to incorporate specific substantive issues into the class curriculum or how to encourage student civic engagement more generally through teaching. Links to posts will be updated as new posts are published. We are grateful to Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis for providing free access to the JPSE and PS articles featured in the campaign through the end of 2019. 

“Audience, Purpose, and Civic Engagement: A Reassessment of Writing Instruction in Political Science”Ian G. Anson (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
“Best Practices in Civic Education: Lessons from the Journal of Political Science Education”Elizabeth A. Bennion (University of Indiana, South Bend) and Xander E. Laughlin (Indiana University Bloomington)
“Can All (Intro to American) Politics be Local Politics?”Emily Farris (Texas Christian University)

“Does U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Training Constitute a Type of Civic Education?”

Eric B. Hodges (University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee)

“Giving All College Students What They Need to Become Active Citizens: Tailoring Civic Learning to Students’ Lived Experiences” 

J. Cherie Strachan, Central Michigan University 
“I Will Register and Vote, If You Teach Me How: A Field Experiment Testing Voter Registration in College Classrooms”Elizabeth A. Bennion (University of Indiana, South Bend) and David W. Nickerson (Temple University)
“Nonpartisan Student Voter Education and Engagement: Putting Research into Action at TLC at APSA 2019”Elizabeth C. Matto (Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics)
“Pedagogical Value of Polling-Place Observation by Students”Christopher B. Mann (Skidmore College), Gayle A. Alberda (Fairfield University), Nathaniel Birkhead (Kansas State University), and Yu Ouyang (Purdue University Northwest)
“A Pedagogy of Civic Engagement for the Undergraduate Political Science Classroom”Debra L. DeLaet (Drake University)

“Student-Run Exit Polls 101”

Sarah E. Croco (University of Maryland), Elizabeth Suhay (American University), Rachel Blum (Miami University), and Lilliana Mason (University of Maryland)
“Teaching Active Citizenship: A Companion to the Traditional Political Science Curriculum”Michael Smith (Emporia State University) and The Honorable Bob Graham (US Senate, Retired)
“Teaching Community Organizing and the Practice of Democracy”Jyl Josephson (Rutgers University-Newark)

“Teaching Students about Congress and Civic Engagement”

B. Welling Hall (Earlham College)

“Want to Build Students’ Civic Engagement? Teach Them How to Use Social Media”​

Jennie Sweet-Cushman (Chatham University)

Coming soon.

“Teaching Party Systems: A Culinary Demonstration”Andre P. Audette (Monmouth College)

“When the Party Comes to Town: Experiential Learning During a Presidential Nominating Convention”

Karen M. Kedrowski (Winthrop University) and Katarina Duich Moyon (Winthrop University)
“From Rules to Representation: Teaching about the Territories and their Delegates in the US Congress”Jonathan Lewallan (University of Texas at Austin)

“Teaching Trump: Why Comparative Politics Makes Students More Optimistic about US Democracy”

Hannah Baron (Brown University), Robert A. Blair (Brown University), and Shelby Grossman (University of Memphis)

“Working Together: An Empirical Analysis of a Multiclass Legislative-Executive Branch Simulation”

Nicole Kalaf-Hughes (Bowling Green State University) and Russell W. Mills (Bowling Green State University)

“Bet Out the Vote: Prediction Markets as a Tool to Promote Undergraduate Political Engagement”

Lukas Berg (United States Military Academy) and Major John Chambers (United States Military Academy)
“Simulating Redistricting in the Classroom: A Binding Arbitration Decision Game Using Louisiana Census Data”Peter Miller (Brennan Center for Justice), Steven Kimbrough (University of Pennsylvania), and Johanna Schact (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
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