Faculty Profile

William Grover, PhD

Professor of Political Science
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Ph.D. University of Massachusetts
B.A. Moravian College

Areas of Expertise:

American politics, Political Institutions, Political Economy, Environmental Politics

Courses I Teach:

  • The American Presidency
  • Congress and the Policy Process
  • Introduction to American National Politics
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Political Economy and Democracy
  • Political Economy and the Environment
  • The Politics of Labor
  • A River Runs Through It: The Literature and Craft of Fly Fishing (First Year Seminar)


The Unsustainable Presidency: Clinton, Bush, Obama and Beyond, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2014). Co-authored with Joseph G. Peschek.

Voices of Dissent: Critical Readings in American Politics, 9th ed., (New York: Person Longman, 2013). Co-edited with Joseph G. Peschek. 
First edition, 1993, with HarperCollins.

The President as Prisoner: A Structural Critique of the Carter and Reagan Years, (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1989). Third printing, Fall 1992.
Selected as one of the Outstanding Academic Books on U.S. Politics by Choice Magazine, 1991.

Recent Articles

"The US Presidency - Who Does It Serve?" Interview with Ron Jacobs of CounterPunch, Weekend Edition, Jan 30-Feb 1, 2015.

"Our Imperial System: On How Not to Think About the American Presidency," CommonDreams, December 4, 2014, with Joseph G. Peschek.

"Deep Presidency: Toward a Structural Theory of an Unsustainable Office in a Catastrophic World - Obama and Beyond," New Political Science, Vol. 35, No. 3, September 2013.

"Piscatorial Pedagogy and the 'Geography of Hope': Reflections on Teaching the Literature and Craft of Fly Fishing", Yale Angler's Journal, Vol. XI, No. 2, Spring 2011.

"Congressional Inertia: Iron Triangles Old and New", in William F. Grover and Joseph G. Peschek, eds. Voices of Dissent: Critical Readings in American Politics, 9th ed., (New York: Pearson Longman, 2013), co-authored with Patricia Siplon.

Recent Guest Lecture:

"Is the American Presidency Sustainable?" U.S. Institute on American Politics and Political Thought, University of Massachusetts Civic Initiative,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, June 28, 2011


  • 2012 Community Service Award, Central Vermont Trout Unlimited
  • Reverend Gerald E. Dupont Award, 2009, The Student Association of Saint Michael’s  College, Class of 2009
  • Joanne Rathgeb Teaching Award, 2005, Saint Michael’s College
  • Class Appreciation Award, Saint Michael’s Class of 2000
  • Community Service Award, Saint Michael’s College Class of 1998
  • Excellence in Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award, 1996, Saint Michael’s College
  • Community Service Award, Saint Michael's College Class of 1990


Academic Fellow, United States Information Agency, in Belarus and Lithuania, September 30-October 14, 1995.  Lectured on contemporary American politics and society, and politics and American literature, at Belarus State University, Minsk State Linguistics University, Belarus State Pedagogical University, and the European Humanities University, in Minsk, Belarus; and at Klaipeda University in the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Klaipeda, Lithuania.  Also consulted with faculty on curricular development for programs in American Studies.

Congressional Fellow, 1991-92 American Political Science Association, Congressional Fellowship Program, Washington, D.C., November 1991-August 1992.  Worked on Capitol Hill as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Bernard Sanders (I-VT) on budget and tax policy, as well as selected foreign policy areas.

Life Off Campus:

I am an avid fly fisher throughout New England and have fished the waters of the greater Yellowstone area in Montana and Wyoming since 1976. I also hike, play the guitar, and am an aspiring gardener. I am faculty adviser to two student groups on campus: the Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM) and the Fly Fishing Club.

William Grover, professor of political science, presented a paper titled “Beyond Structure-as-Institutions:  A Critical Approach to Studying the Modern Presidency,” at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, MA, November 13-15, 2014. Bill also delivered a paper titled “Fly Fishing Through the Climate Change Crisis:  Pedagogy, Stewardship and ‘Learning the Trick of Quiet,’” at the Wild Trout Symposium (Eleventh Triennial) in West Yellowstone, Montana, September 22-25, 2014.  The paper draws on his experience teaching in both the Saint Michael’s first year seminar program and in Environmental Studies.
(posted December 2014)

William F. Grover, professor of political science, gave a paper titled "Catastrophe-in Chief: Theories of the Presidency, the State and the Political Economy," at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association in Philadelphia, PA, November 14-16, 2013. The paper explores debates over theories of the American presidency in light of the 21st century challenges of global climate change and the decline of U.S. military and geopolitical preeminence. Grover contends that if the presidency cannot recast its entanglement in the narratives of the endless pursuit of "economic growth" and "national security" to forge a more sustainable path for the nation, then it is likely to remain an unsustainable catastrophe of an office, situated in a catastrophic world. (November 2013)

William F. Grover, professor of political science, had an article published in the journal New Political Science (Vol. 35, No. 3, September 2013). Titled "Deep Presidency: Toward a Structural Theory of an Unsustainable Office in a Catastrophic World - Obama and Beyond," the article explores some the ideas that will appear in his new book on the American presidency, forthcoming next fall with Palgrave Macmillan. (September 2013)

William Grover, professor of political science, delivered a paper titled "Deep Presidency:  Toward a Structural Theory of a Sustainable Office - Obama and Beyond," at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association in Boston, MA, November 15-18, 2012.

Political Science Professor William Grover of Saint Michael's College, is quoted: "Romney is the first modern financier to run for the Oval Office."

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