Professor, Political Science
Director, Campbell Public Affairs Institute
Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute
Ph.D., Yale University, 1992
American politics, political representation and legislature behavior, health-care policy, citizenship and democracy, public engagement, gun politics and policy
Local Political Internship
Democratic Theory and Practice
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. Grant’s
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. Grant is
a 1982 graduate of Dartmouth College, and earned his Ph.D. in 1992 from Yale
In addition to his work at Syracuse University, Grant 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.
Books and Monographs Authored and Edited
Trusted Leader: Building the
Relationships that Make Government Work (editor and contributor). Washington, D.C.: CQ Press [Sage], 2007. Second
Edition 2012. With Terry Newell and
Small Donors and Online
Giving: A Study of Donors to the 2004
Presidential Campaigns. Washington, D.C.: Institute for Politics, Democracy & the
Internet, The George Washington University, 2006. With Joseph Graf, Michael Malbin, and Costas
• Focus of reports in The Washington Post, The Denver Post, The San Jose Mercury News, The
Newark Star-Ledger, The Buffalo News,
The Charlotte Observer, The Hartford Courant, St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Canton Repository, Duluth News Tribune, TheWichita
Eagle, Washington Internet Daily,
• Lead story in The Washington Post’s daily politics
• Reported on CNN’s “The Situation
• Adaptation published in National Civic Review.
Person Political: Legislative Life and
the Meaning of Public Service. New York: New York University Press, 2006.
• Interviewed about book on the
“Faith Middleton Show,” Connecticut and New York metropolitan area NPR;
“Sundays with Steve,” a Sunday morning public affairs show on WSYR, a Syracuse
ABC affiliate; and on “Hour CNY,” a daily public affairs show on WCNY, a
Syracuse PBS affiliate.
• Invited to speak about book to
Dirksen Congressional Center group.
• Profiled in Syracuse University Magazine, Maxwell
Perspective, and The Syracuse Record.
• Model for Being Political: Leadership and
Democracy in the Pacific Islands, by Jack Corbett.
Click On Democracy: The Internet’s Power to Change Political
Apathy into Civic Action. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2002. With Steve Davis and Larry
• Reported on or referenced in The Economist, USA Today (cover story), The
Los Angeles Times, Salon.com (feature
story),Digital Journal, The Hartford Courant, The Albany
Times-Union, The Austin American Statesman,The London Free Press (Canada), The
Palm Beach Post, The St. Petersburg Times, Washington Internet Daily, and The Syracuse Post-Standard.
• Positively reviewed in nationaljournal.com, Publishers Weekly, Midwest
Book Review, and The Education Digest,
featured review in Chinese American Forum. “Featured Book” of the Broadcast Education
• Read and used by top staffers in
the George W. Bush, Howard Dean, and Wesley Clark 2004 presidential campaigns.
• Finalist for the 2003 Frank
Luther Mott Journalism & Mass Communication Research Award of Kappa Tau
Alpha, the National Honor Society for Mass Communications; award made annually
for the best book published on journalism or mass communication.
• Excerpt reprinted in The Internet: Opposing Viewpoints, ed. James D. Torr,
Greenhaven Press, 2005.
• Cited in Joe Trippi’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
The Insider’s Guide to Political
Internships: What To Do Once You’re in
(editor and contributor). New York: Basic Books, 2002 (originally published by
Westview Press). With Mack Mariani.
• Profiled in Roll Call, The Rochester
Democrat and Chronicle, Maxwell Perspective, Syracuse University Magazine, and The Syracuse Record. Subject of a column in The Washington Times, and reported on in washingtonpost.com. Subject
of a report on national Fox News television.
Named a “must read political book” by MinorityVoter Magazine, and chosen for sale and distribution by the
National Conference of State Legislatures.
Featured book of collegiateworld.com.
Journal Articles and Book
“Public Relations in the United States Government: Fragmentation, Democratic Tension, and the
Puzzle of Public Trust,” in Public
Relations Vol. I. Seoul, South
Korea: Korean Institute of Public
Administration, 2012 (in English and Korean).
With Tina Nabatchi.
Remembrance: The Place of the Private
Sector in the Future of Health Care Policy,”
Journal of Health Politics, Policy
and Law. April-June 2003, Vol. 28,
Sunday editorial page, The Syracuse
Post-Standard, 2008-2009. Monthly
feature-length column on a wide variety of topics related to national, state,
and local politics.
Regular columnist, “Rethinking Albany” series, The
Syracuse Post-Standard, 2004-2007.
Monthly column on a variety of topics related to New York State public
policies and political processes, and comparative state policies and
Civil Servants Who Die for Our Country.”
The Syracuse Post-Standard,
Sunday, May 8, 2011 (with Terry Newell).
• This piece inspired the introduction of federal legislation by U.S.
Congressman Richard Hanna, which was signed into law by
President Obama as The Civilian Service Recognition Act of 2011.
“‘None of the Above’
Should Be a Ballot Option in New York State.” The Buffalo News, Sunday, December 31, 2006.
“The Disaffected: A Rising Political Force.” The
Albany Times-Union, Sunday, December 3, 2006. Reprinted in The Syracuse Post-Standard as “Economic
Fairness Key Issue for 2008.” Sunday,
December 17, 2006.
“State Legislators Deserve
To Be Well-Paid.” The Buffalo News, Sunday, December 5, 2004 (feature-length).
“GOP Mostly Pays Lip
Service on Moral Issues.” The Chicago Tribune, Sunday, November
14, 2004 (with Joseph Cammarano).
“Bloggers Now the
Stars.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Wednesday, July 28, 2004 (with Steve
“Internet Continues to Change the American Electorate.” The
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Sunday, February 15, 2004 (feature-length, with
“Bush and the Free
Market: A Case of Selective
Enthusiasm.” Newsday, Sunday, December 7, 2003 (feature-length).
“The Bush Reform
Plan: Not From Nowhere.” Newsday,
Sunday, March 9, 2003 (feature-length).
“Americans Think Their
Health-Care System Is in Crisis: Is
Public Medicine the Solution?” The Ottawa Citizen, Monday, September
project: The culture and politics of
firearms in the U.S.
Campbell Public Affairs Institute