David A. Crockett , Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Political Science
Ph.D. - University of Texas at Austin
M.P.Aff. - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
B.A. - Georgetown University
Elections and Campaigns
Classical Political Thought
Conservative Political Thought
In all of my courses I strive to introduce students to great ideas and great texts -- foundationally important concepts about the nature of politics, justice, and liberty. It is my desire to help students develop not only an interest in politics, but the ability to engage in a lifetime of learning and civic activity after they graduate.
I served six years as a communications officer in the United States Army after college and before graduate school. My primary teaching and research interests are in the field of American politics, with a special focus on the American presidency. My first two books concern the leadership and electoral dilemmas confronted by presidents from the "opposition party" -- the party that is not normally advantaged in a particular political era.
The Opposition Presidency: Leadership and the Constraints of History, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2002.
Running against the Grain: How Opposition Presidents Win the White House, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2008.
"An Excess of Refinement: Lame Duck Presidents in Constitutional and Historical Context," Presidential Studies Quarterly, 38 (December 2008): 707-721.
"Executive Privilege," in The Constitutional Presidency, eds. Joseph Bessette and Jeffrey Tulis, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
I spend much of my time managing the extra-curricular activies of three young boys. I am also very active in my church. Faculty sponsor for the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and College Republicans.
Current member of the University Curriculum Council and the Pre-Law Advisory Committee.