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Faculty/Staff Spotlight

May 14, 2012

Book edited by Dr. Robert Dewhirst earns high recommendation

Robert Dewhirst

Dr. Robert Dewhirst, a professor of political science at Northwest Missouri State University, recently received high marks for a book he edited in 2011. Choice Reviews Online, a major review publication for libraries, gave “The Road to Congress 2010” a “highly recommended” review for general readers, undergraduate students and above.

The book features essays and case studies focused on campaigns for House and Senate seats across the United States during the 2010 election cycle. The assumption of the entire series is that local context and congressional campaigns shape how members of Congress arrive on Capitol Hill. It also shows how national context like the Obama presidency, the state of the economy and the tea party revolt shaped the 2010 electoral cycle.

S. Q. Kelly, a critic for Choice, said the book is particularly valuable for teaching undergraduate courses that focus on campaigns and elections. Kelly added, “The skillfully written case studies will engage students in the hurly-burly world of politics and the factors that shape elections. Practitioners may gain some insight from comparisons among different races, and political junkies will find the book to be a fascinating read.”


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