Clodagh Harrington joined DMU in 2006 and is a senior lecturer in American Politics.
She is chair of the (PSA) American Politics Group and is also a member of the Political Studies Association, American Political Science Association and British Association for American Studies.
She is currently researching the topic of Food Poverty in the US, writing for 2016 publication on the implementation of President Obama's Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and how this has impacted on the welfare and wellbeing of American school children from low-income backgrounds. In 2015 she was awarded a place on the DMU Future Research Leaders Programme, which offers institutional support for specific research projects.
She received her MA (1996) and PhD (2006) from London Metropolitan University. Her academic background is in American politics and international relations and this is also her main teaching area.
Clodagh is module leader on a number of undergraduate courses, including Unity and Diversity in Contemporary America and The American Presidency. She is also module leader for a MA International Relations module on US foreign policy. In addition, she is involved in undergraduate and post-graduate dissertation supervision.
Another particular area of research is political scandal. This interest came about in the first instance as a result of the 1990s Clinton/Lewinksy scandal and grew into further research encompassing Watergate and the Iran Contra Affair. From this grew a wider interest in the nature of scandal, how it is perceived by elites, and the difficulties involved in legislating ethics.
Clodagh's most recent publication is ‘Obama’s Washington: Political Leadership in a Partisan Era’ (University of London, 2014) brings together essays from both sides of the Atlantic to dissect policy decisions and challenges facing the current administration.