Department Chair:
Marc Blecher

Administrative Assistant:
Tracy Tucker

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8487
Fax: (440) 775-8898

Rice Hall, Room 216
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Paul Dawson

Paul Dawson

Emeritus Professor

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Political Science, Michigan State University, 1969
  • M.A. Political Science, Michigan State University, 1965
  • B.A. Political Science, Michigan State University, 1964

Curriculum Vitae

Professor of Politics, received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His chief interest is in policy analysis, focusing on how leaders accumulate the "political capital" to be effective, and how students can learn to become such leaders. He has published a textbook on American politics and policy. He teaches a First Year Seminar on political leadership and various courses on American government especially public policy, electioneering, and the Presidency. In 2005, he received a Distinguished Teaching Award from Oberlin College.