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:

  • Introduction to American National Politics  
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Congress and the American Presidency
  • Environmental Political Economy
  • Political Economy and Democracy
  • 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

Clinton, Sanders, and the National Security Credo,” CommonDreams, November 29, 2015, with Joseph G. Peschek.

“The Presidency of Bernie Sanders:  Studying the Contours of Modern Presidents,”
paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 12-14, 2015. 

Shoes, Trophies, and Bernie Sanders,” CommonDreams, November 3, 2015, with Joseph G. Peschek.  

The Wild Ride of President-Elect Bernie Sanders,” CommonDreams,  June 17, 2015, with Joseph G. Peschek.

Fly Fishing Through the Climate Change Crisis:  Pedagogy, Stewardship and ‘Learning the Trick of Quiet,’” Wild Trout Symposium (Eleventh Triennial), West Yellowstone, MT, September 22-25, 2014, pp. 91-97.

"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.

Recent Guest Lecture:

 “The Elections of 2016 and the Future of the American Presidency,” Invited Lecture, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, VT, May 19, 2016.

“The American  Presidency and the 2016 Election,” Invited Lecture, Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary Club, Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne, VT, October 28, 2015.

“The Evolution of the American Presidency:  From FDR to Obama,” Invited Public Lecture, The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning lecture series, The Long Trail School, Dorsett, VT, October 15, 2015.


  • 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.

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