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Dr Clodagh Harrington

Job: Senior Lecturer in Politics

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Department of Politics & Public Policy

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8785

E: cmharrington@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/pol

 

Personal profile

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.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

Click here to view a full listing of Clodagh Harrington's publications and outputs.

Key research outputs

Obama’s Washington: Political Leadership in a Partisan Era, Clodagh Harrington (ed) ISA, University of London (2014)

The Tea Party Movement, in Dumbrell, J (ed), Issues in American Politics (pub date 2013)

The Role of the Special Prosecutor, in Watergate Remembered: The Legacy for American Politics, (2012)

The Ethical Record of the Bush Presidency, in Morgan and Davies (eds), The Right Man? (2010)

Research interests/expertise

US domestic policy

US presidency 

Areas of teaching

American Presidency, American Government and Politics, Contemporary Comparative  Politics

Qualifications

PhD London Metropolitan University (2006)

MA London Metropolitan University (1996)

BA (Hons) Modern History with Applied Psychology

Courses taught

POPP5023 Decision Points: the Domestic Context of US Foreign Policy

POPP3046 The American Presidency

POPP3000 Dissertations – various US related topics

POPP2005 Unity and Diversity in Contemporary America

Membership of external committees

Chair - American Politics Group (2015 - )

Membership of professional associations and societies

Political Studies Association (2012)

American Politics Group (2002)

American Political Science Association (2006)

British Association of American Studies (2006)

Professional licences and certificates

Licence obtained, certifying institute, not commercially sensitive information 

Projects

Current research project is on President Obama's Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act  

Forthcoming events

Congress to Campus – 11.11.15 – De Montfort University

American Politics Group 2015 annual colloquium – 13.11.15 - US Embassy, London

American Politics Group annual conference 07-09.01.16 - University of Reading

Conference attendance

British Association of American Studiesconference – April 2014. ‘Sense and Sustainability: The Politics of Food in C21 America’.

Political Studies Association conference – April 2014 ‘SNAP: The Sound of the US Food Chain Breaking’.  

Consultancy work

External examiner Northampton University (BA Politics) 2013 -

Current research students

I am happy to offer PhD supervisions in a range of areas relating to American politics, including:

The modern American presidencyPresidential scandalAspects of American foreign policyAmerican political partiesAspects of American social policy

Externally funded research grants information

Successful application for Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, conference grant  made in September 2012. Funding covered State of the Union (US Politics) conference in May 2013 and costs of resulting publication in 2014.  

Internally funded research project information

DMU Future Research Leader Programme awarded 2015

DMU Early Career Research Fellowship awarded 2013

Professional esteem indicators

Member of Digital Democracy Project chaired by Rt Hon John Bercow MP (2013 - )

Aurora Foundation Women in Leadership training completed 2014

 


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