I teach courses in American politics and political behavior. I typically offer the courses listed below at least every other academic year.

POLS 101: American Government and Politics

An overview of the United States government, including both political institutions (e.g. the three branches of government, political parties) and political behavior (e.g. public opinion, political participation, media effects).

POLS 212: Campaigns and Elections

A study of campaigns and the electoral process in the United States, focused particularly on campaigns for federal offices. The course is offered during election years enabling students to apply course theories and concepts to ongoing campaigns.

POLS 216: Media in American Politics

This course examines how the media affect politics and government, focusing primarily on this relationship in the United States. Topics discussed include the role of media in a democracy; mass media coverage of campaigns, politics, and government; media effects on the behavior of citizens; and entertainment news coverage.

POLS 307: Women in American Politics (also Women’s and Gender Studies)

An analysis of the role of gender in American politics, specifically how gender affects the political activities of American residents, political candidates, and elected officeholders.

POLS 328: Parties and Interest Groups in the United States

An examination of the activities and influence of political parties and interest groups in the U.S. The course asks how parties and interest groups developed and affect the public, elections, and the behavior of elected officials.

POLS 330: Race and Ethnicity in American Politics (also American Studies)

This course examines the many ways in which race and ethnicity play a role in American politics, including how race and ethnicity affect personal identity, political preferences, political participation, candidates and campaigns, public officeholders, and policymaking.

POLS 407: Research Seminar in Political Behavior

A study of the political opinion and behavior (including voting) of the American public, with special attention given to developing appreciation of, and skill in, empirical analysis. Students learn to perform quantitative analysis of public opinion data and use these skills to conduct original research projects.


Requesting Letters of Recommendation

To ensure time to compose a strong recommendation, requests for letters should be made no later than one month in advance of the letter due date. Students should provide Prof. Crowder-Meyer with:

1) A clear statement indicating the due date and method for submitting the letter

2) An up-to-date resume

3) Drafts of student application materials (essays, letters of interest, etc.)

4) A list of courses (and semesters) completed with Prof. Crowder-Meyer as well as a list of any other completed courses that might be relevant to the program for which one is applying.



Prof. Brown has developed several handouts of excellent advice for college students. I highly recommend you check them out here!

Doing/Being Well in College (by Sid Brown)

Sleep and Sleep Deprivation (by Sid Brown)