Professor DiSalvo received his doctorate in Politics from the University of Virginia and was previously Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor at Amherst College. His scholarly work focuses on political parties, elections, public policy, and American political thought.
Ph.D. Politics, University of Virginia. 2007.
10100: United States Politics and Government
An analysis of processes, values and problems of American government and democracy. Special emphasis is given to national political institutions and issues. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
21600: Political Parties and Interest Groups
Interest groups and pressure politics. The rise of new groups in the political process. The nature and functions of parties under the American system of government; major and minor parties; party finance and political machines; national campaign issues and techniques. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
22100: The Congress
An examination of the role of legislative bodies in our political system. Organization, procedures and operations are the focus of the course. Case studies dealing with contemporary policy-making are integrated throughout the semester. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
22200: The Presidency
Assessment of the present and possible future role of the American presidency. The development of the office, its relationship to other institutions and politics, and contemporary problems. Topics include the duties of the President as Chief Executive, legislator, shaper of foreign policy, Commander-in-Chief, party leader, and head of state. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
"The Politics of a Party Faction: The Liberal-Labor Alliance in the Democratic Party, 1948-1972," The Journal of Policy History (Forthcoming, Summer 2010).
"Obama, un chef de parti," La Revue Internationale et Stratégique 76 (hiver 2009/2010).
"Party Factions in Congress," Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies 36:1 (Spring 2009), 27-57.
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