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Dr. Daniel Reed
Doctor Daniel C. Reed holds a Masters and a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Georgia, as well as a Bachelors in History from the University of South Carolina. Before joining the faculty at Radford in the fall of 2015, Doctor Reed taught in the Department of Government at American University in Washington, DC. His research and teaching focus on political parties and interest groups, campaigns and elections, and election and campaign finance law. His teaching experience includes several courses in introductory American Government, Interest Group Politics, American Political Parties, Electoral Behavior, as well as Research Methods.
POSC 120 - Introduction to American Government
POSC 326 - American Political Parties and Elections
At Radford University, Dr. Reed teaches Introduction to American Politics, American Parties and Elections, Politics and the Media, and Scope and Methods in Political Science. He approaches teaching as an opportunity to not only convey information, but to evaluate, assess, and reassess our own understanding of the subject matter that is discussed. Rather than simply training future politicians and bureaucrats, Dr. Reed strives to push his students to become conscientious citizens and critical thinkers.
In the class room, Dr. Reed uses simulations, debates, and group assignments in addition to a traditional lecture format. Dr. Reed’s goal is to create a classroom environment where students develop critical thinking skills and apply them to solving real world problems. Students are challenged to “think on their feet” and to constantly reevaluate their own assumptions and beliefs about the political world.
Dr. Reed’s research focuses on the interaction between the public and political elites, in both electoral and non-electoral contexts. This includes research on political parties and interest groups, the historical development and processes of elections and campaigns, as well as the impact of institutions and rules on the behavior of political elites.
While his overall research agenda addresses all aspects of parties, interest groups, and elections, most of this research focuses on the impact and processes of voter mobilization (or “Get Out the Vote”) campaigns. Dr. Reed feels that this topic is of great substantive importance, as it has often been noted that many potential voters will stay at home at election time unless they are asked to participate by someone else. Simply contacting a potential voter can mobilize that person to action, encouraging higher levels of civic participation that are crucial to the health of a democracy.
Dr. Reed’s most recent research has a historical component. This is part of a larger study of American political development, exploring changes in voter mobilization from the days of the party machines of the 19th Century. This research examines how changes in electoral rules have influenced the practice of voter mobilization over time and how this has affected both voter turnout and the strength of third parties.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Reed is active in service at Radford and in the discipline of political science. He has served as a reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals, including American Politics Research, Political Research Quarterly, and Political Behavior. He has served as an advisor to numerous political science majors, including several student Capstone projects. In addition to his teaching here at Radford, Dr. Reed also serves as the Department of Political Science’s departmental Assessment Coordinator and the advisor to the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor fraternity here on campus. Although new to Radford University, Dr. Reed looks forward to working with both students, faculty, and the greater Radford community.