Philip Klinkner, Ph.D.
James S. Sherman Associate Professor of Government

Professor Klinkner's teaching and research focuses on American politics, especially political parties and elections, race and American politics, and American political history. Among the courses he teaches are American Political Process (Government 116), the American Electoral Process (Government 329), and Race and American Democracy (Government 340). He was also the director of the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center at Hamilton. Professor Klinkner received his B.A. in Politics from Lake Forest College in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 1992. In 1995, he received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section of the American Political Science Association. In 1990-1991, he was a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Professor Klinkner's most recent book is The Unsteady March: The Rise and Decline of Racial Equality in America (with Rogers Smith of Yale University). The book examines changes in race relations in American politics and history. It received the 2000 Horace Mann Bond Book Award from Harvard University’s Afro-American Studies Department and W.E.B DuBois Institute. His other publications include:

The Losing Parties: Out-Party National Committees, 1956-1993. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994.

The American Heritage History of the Bill of Rights: The First Amendment. Foreword by Warren E. Burger. New York: American Heritage, 1991.

Edited Volumes:

Midterm: The 1994 Elections in Perspective. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996 (Editor).

Book Chapters:

"Democratic Party Ideology in the 1990s: New Democrats or Modern Republicans?," in John K. White and John C. Green, eds., The Politics of Ideas, 2nd Edition. SUNY Press, Forthcoming.

"The Unsteady March Toward Racial Equality," in Christopher Foreman, ed., The African American Predicament.. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution Press, 1999. (With Rogers Smith, Yale University).

"Bill Clinton and the Politics of the New Liberalism," in Adolph Reed, Jr., ed., Without Justice For All: The New Liberalism and Our Retreat From Racial Equality. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999.

"The Election and Governance of John Daniels as Mayor of New Haven and the Failure of the Deracialization Hypothesis," in Huey L. Perry, ed., Race, Politics, and Governance in the United States. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1996. (With Mary Summers)

"Court and Country in American Politics: The Democratic Party and the 1994 Election," in Philip A. Klinkner, ed., Midterm: The 1994 Elections in Perspective. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996.

"Party Cultures and Party Behavior," in Daniel M. Shea and John C. Green, eds., The State of the Parties: The Changing Role of Contemporary American Parties. Lanham, MD: University Press of American, 1994.

"A Comparison of Out-Party Leaders: Ray Bliss and Bill Brock," in John C. Green, ed., Politics, Professionalism, and Power: Modern Party Organization and the Legacy of Ray Bliss. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1994.
Journal Articles:

"Beyond Pseudo-Science: Parties and Policymaking." Polity, 26 (Summer 1994): 769-791.

"Dwarfing the Political Capacity of the People?: The Relationship Between Judicial Activism and Voter Turnout," 1840-1988. Polity 25 (Summer 1993): 633-646.

"The Daniels Election in New Haven and the Failure of the 'Deracialization Hypothesis." Urban Affairs Quarterly, 27 (December 1991): 202-215. (With Mary Summers).

"The Election of John Daniels as Mayor of New Haven." PS: Political Science and Politics 25 (June 1990), pp. 142-145. (With Mary Summers).

Magazine Articles: 

"Affirmative Retraction," The Nation, July 3, 2000.

"The ‘Racial Realism’ Hoax," The Nation, December 14, 1998, pp. 33-38.

"Fighting the Jim Crow Army," American Legacy, Fall 1998, pp. 20-26.

To contact Professor Klinkner:
Phone 315-859-4344
Fax 315-859-4477
Office Hours  


Midterm: The 1994 Elections in Perspective (1996)

The Unsteady March: The Rise and Decline of Racial Equality in America




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