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Dr. Robin Lauermann

Professor of Politics, Chair of Department of History, Politics and International relations

Interest and areas of expertise

American politics-institutions, public opinion, parties;

Comparative politics--Latin American Politics, Western European Politics, Democratization/ political change.

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Classes I teach
  • POLI 220 Parties and Elections
  • POLI 222 Politics in Latin America
  • POLI 231 Politics in Film
  • POLI 231 US-Latin American Relations
  • POLI 332 Congress
  • POLI 323 Public Policy
  • POLI 325 Gender, Family, and Politics
  • POLI 334 Polling and Public Opinion
  • POLI 354 Poland: Nationalism and Identity
  • POLI 494 Politics Seminar

Robin specializes in American and Comparative politics, with regional expertise in Europe and Latin America, and thematic emphasis in political change, behavior, institutions, and democratization, including courses that travel internationally.  Her book, The Constituent Perspective of Representation (Palgrave: New York, 2014), examines the American representative system in historical and comparative context.  Member of Phi Beta Kappa, the New York State Political Science Association, Pennsylvania Political Science Association, Pennsylvania Policy Forum, as well as reviewer for several publishers.  She writes two of the departmental blog series, Civic Mind and Tocqueville Capital. Away from academic pursuits, she enjoys reading, language development and civic engagement. Robin resides with her husband Mark and their Bichons, Casey and Trey.

Selected Works

Selected Works

  • “Review of The United States and the Rebirth of Poland, 1914-1918 by M.B.B. Biskupski.” Rocznik Przemyski, 23 (3): 201-206 (2019).
  • Constituent Perspectives of Political Representation: How Citizens Evaluate Their Representatives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan (2014).
  •  “The Shape of Representation: Viewing Representative Behavior through the Lens of Social and Political Identity” Commonwealth: A Journal of Political Science, September 2009 (Vol 15, No. 2), pp. 65-88.