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Grant Reeher

Grant Reeher

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313 Eggers Hall

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Kelley Coleman



  • 2024 Spring
    • PSC 470 Experience Credit
    • PSC 317 Local Internship
  • 2023 Fall
    • PSC 317 Local Internship
    • NMX 205 Politics, Policy and Security
  • 2023 Spring
    • PSC 470 Experience Credit
    • PSC 317 Local Internship
  • 2022 Fall
    • PSC 317 Local Internship
    • NMX 205 Politics, Policy and Security
  • 2022 Spring
    • PSC 470 Experience Credit
    • PSC 317 Local Internship

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Department of Political Science, Yale University, 1992


Grant Reeher is director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute and a professor of political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His research and teaching interests are primarily in American politics and political theory, with an emphasis on legislative politics, democratic representation and active citizenship.

Among other books, he is the author of "First Person Political: Legislative Life and the Meaning of Public Service" (2006), "Narratives of Justice: Legislators’ Beliefs about Distributive Fairness" (1996), co-author of "Click on Democracy: The Internet's Power to Change Political Apathy into Civic Action" (2002), and co-editor of "The Trusted Leader: Building the Relationships that Make Government Work" (2008, 2nd ed. 2012).

His academic journal publications include pieces in Health Affairs; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; The Responsive Community; Polity; and PS: Political Science and Politics. He has also published many editorial essays on various political topics, including pieces in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Ottawa Citizen, Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and pieces that have been distributed through Knight-Ridder.

At various points he has been a regular columnist for The Syracuse Post-Standard. He has also been quoted in many newspaper stories, including pieces appearing in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, Salon, Newsday, The Hill, Roll Call and Ouest France. Reeher is a 1982 graduate of Dartmouth College, and earned a Ph.D. in 1992 from Yale University.

In addition to his work at Syracuse University, Reeher is creator, host and producer of “The Campbell Conversations” on WRVO Public Media, a weekly regional National Public Radio public affairs show featuring extended in-depth interviews with regional and national writers, politicians, activists, public officials and business professionals. He has also arranged and hosted candidate debates on the program. The program has won first-place awards from the New York State Associated Press and the Syracuse Press Club for best special program, best interview and public service. WRVO Public Media is the largest NPR affiliate in Central New York, with a listening area that includes 22 counties and southern Ontario.

Areas of Expertise

American politics, political representation and legislature behavior, health care policy, citizenship and democracy, public engagement, gun politics and policy

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"City Scripts / Housing Justice: policy and form", Sponsored by CUSE Grants - Interdisciplinary Seminar Grant.

"City Scripts: Symposia on the City", Sponsored by The Kresge Foundation.

"Symposia on the City and City Scripts", Sponsored by CUSE Grants - Interdisciplinary Seminar Grant.

"Citizens Guide to Consolidated Municipalities SSL", Sponsored by New York State Department of State.

"CNYSpeaks: Engaging the Citizens of Central New York", Sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Sponsored by Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Engagement (SOURCE) Research Assistant Grant.

Selected Publications

  • Books
    • Anderson, K., Considering Shared Government Services in New York State: A Guide for Citizens and Public Officials. Reeher, G. D. (ed.) The Campbell Public Affairs Institute of Syracuse University and the New York State Department of State, 2017.
    • Newell, T., Ronayne, P., The Trusted Leader: Building the Relationships that Make Government Wor. Reeher, G. D. (ed.) CQ Press [Sage], 2007.
    • Reeher, G. D., First Person Political: Legislative Life and the Meaning of Public Service.. New York University Press, 2006.
    • Reeher, G. D., Graf, J., Malbin, M. and Panagopoulos, C., Small Donors and Online Giving: A Study of Donors to the 2004 Presidential Campaigns.. Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet, The George Washington University, 2004.
    • Reeher, G. D., Davis, S. and Elin, L., Click On Democracy: The Internet’s Power to Change Political Apathy into Civic Action. Westview Press, 2002.
    • Mariani, M., The Insider’s Guide to Political Internships: What To Do Once You’re in the Door. Reeher, G. D. (ed.) Basic Books, 2002.
    • Cammarano, J., Education for Citizenship: Ideas and Innovations in Political Learning. Reeher, G. D. (ed.) Rowman & Littlefield, 1997.
    • Reeher, G. D., Narratives of Justice: Legislators’ Beliefs about Distributive Fairness.. University of Michigan Press, 1996.
    • Power, Inequality, and Democratic Politics: Essays in Honor of Robert A. Dahl. Reeher, G. D. (ed.) Westview Press, 1988.
  • Journal Articles
    • Reeher, G. D., Mathews-Gardner, L., "Getting a Job at a Teaching Institution—and Then Succeeding: A Q&A with Experienced Teacher-Scholars." PS: Political Science and Politics., 2008.
    • Reeher, G. D., Davis, S., "The Internet and Election 2004: Where We Went and Where We Might Go." Politics Online Conference 2005, 2005.
    • Reeher, G. D., Davis, S., "The Political Life of the Internet." The Responsive Community., 2004.
    • Reeher, G. D., "Reform and Remembrance: The Place of the Private Sector in the Future of Health Care Policy." Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law., 2003.
    • Reeher, G. D., "Roundtable on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Political Science." PS: Political Science and Politics, 2002.
    • Reeher, G. D., Deardorff, M., "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Getting and Keeping a Job at a Private Liberals Arts College, But Your Graduate Advisor Didn’t Tell You." PS: Political Science and Politics., 2001.
    • Reeher, G. D., "Self-Reported Legislator Ideology versus Interest Group Ratings." Polity. Winter, 2001.
  • Book Chapters
    • Reeher, G. D., Nabatchi, T., "Public Relations in the United States Government: Fragmentation, Democratic Tension, and the Puzzle of Public Trust." In Public Relations Vol. I.. Korean Institute of Public Administration, 2012.
    • Reeher, G. D., Mitchell, G., "From E-government to E-governance: Harnessing Technology to Strengthen Democracy." In The Trusted Leader. , 2007.
    • Reeher, G. D., "Working with State Legislatures." In The Trusted Leader.. , 2007.
    • Reeher, G. D., Klinkner, P. and Cammarano, J., "In Search of the Angry White Male: Gender, Race, and Issues in the 1994 Elections,." In Midterm: The Elections of 1994 in Context. Westview Press, 1996.
  • Book Reviews
    • Reeher, G. D., "American Public Education and the Responsibility of Its Citizens: Supporting Democracy in the Age of Accountability." Stitzlein, S. (ed.) Perspectives on Politics., 2018.
    • Reeher, G. D., "Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice." Corburn, J. (ed.) Journal of Planning, Education and Research, 2006.
    • Reeher, G. D., "Information and American Democracy." Bimber, B. (ed.) Perspectives on Politics, 2004.
    • Reeher, G. D., "Social Justice in a Diverse Society." Tyler, T. R. (ed.) American Political Science Review, 1998.
    • Reeher, G. D., "Theories of the State." Vincent, A. (ed.) Ethics, 1990.
  • Editorial Essays
    • Reeher, G. D., "Sunday editorial page." The Syracuse Post-Standard, 2009.
    • Reeher, G. D., "“Rethinking Albany” series." The Syracuse Post-Standard, 2007.
  • Newspaper Articles
    • Reeher, G. D., "Redistricting New York: It’s More than Drawing Lines on a Map." The Syracuse Post-Standard, 2021.
    • Reeher, G. D., "How Do We Reduce Political Polarization? America’s Veterans Can Show Us the Way." USA Today, 2019.
    • Reeher, G. D., Newell, T., "Honor Civil Servants Who Die for Our Country.." The Syracuse Post-Standard, 2011.
    • Reeher, G. D., "The Ultimate Protest Vote. It’s Time to Give Voters a Constructive Outlet for Their Frustration: A ‘None of the Above’ Ballot Option." The Syracuse Post-Standard, 2010.
    • Reeher, G. D., "Jordan-Elbridge Community Has Been Damaged." The Auburn Citizen, 2010.
    • Reeher, G. D., "Deep Uncertainty: Paladino’s Gain in Poll Reflects National Mood." The Syracuse Post-Standard, 2010.
    • Reeher, G. D., "School Boards and True Democracy.." The Syracuse Post-Standard, Sunday, 2010.
  • Policy Brief
    • Reeher, G. D., Galston, W. A., Jacobson, N. and Davis, T., "Beyond Redistricting and Campaign Finance: Six Bold Ideas to Rebuild Our Democracy." Campbell Public Affairs Institute Policy Brief No. 1., 2019.

Presentations and Events

State of Democracy Lecture Series, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, "Congressman John Katko Farewell Address" (2022)

annual retreat of Det/Bozeman, "Pursuing Public Office and Policy-Making" (2022)

Reeher, G. D., Rudin, K., Rehm, D., Greene, D., Martin, R., WRVO Public Media, "An Evening with" (2019)

Thursday Morning Roundtable Series, University College, Syracuse University, "The Midterm Elections" (2018)

The Tanner Lecture Series on Ethics, Citizenship, and Public Responsibility, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, "We Matter: Athletes and Activism" (2018)