About Dr. J

Welcome! My name is Dr. Jason F. Jagemann and I serve as the Political Science Program Director for undergraduates at Norwich University. My primary field of expertise is in American Politics, with emphases in public law and interest group politics. I also have ancillary scholarly and teaching interests in political theory and philosophy, in particular, democratic theory and feminist political thought. I received my M.A. and Ph.D from Western Michigan University and my B.A. from SUNY Potsdam where I majored in Political Science and minored in U.S. History. At the undergraduate level, I regularly offer courses in the fields of public law (Constitutional Law; Civil Liberties) and political behavior (Public Opinion and Political Behavior, Interest Groups and Political Parties). I also offer the capstone senior seminar on a variety of topics including Interest Groups and Lobbying, Democracy and Civil Society, the U.S. Supreme Court and Political Behavior. At the graduate level, I teach the Research Methods Seminar for the MJA and MPA Programs through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies here at Norwich. My research focuses on how institutions (such as Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court) shape the behavior of interest group coalition building and lobbying. I have published in the fields of interest group behavior and my most recent article “Abortion Politics in the Courts: New Judicial Federalism or the Federal Courts?” appears in the Winter 2011 edition of the Vermont Bar Journal. I am currently working on an article comparing student justices’ votes in eight years of my class-run Supreme Court simulations to the votes of the actual justices of the U.S. Supreme Court in the same cases to assess adherence to precedence by both groups. Also, I am revising a manuscript examining the efficacy of interest group coalitions in the context of all Supreme Court cases dealing with abortion and reproductive rights. Also in the works is a longer term project where I examine interest group mobilization of the U.S. Congress and state and federal judicial systems. In this research project I ask the following question: Do the rules of the game governing institutional access in the U.S. Congress and the federal and state courts shape the behavior of interest group alliance strategies? My study tracks alliances across and between the institutional venues of Congress and the federal and state courts from 1969-2000 in two policy areas (affirmative action and reproductive rights).

I have been enamored with the study of politics since high school. I participated in our school’s Model United Nations program and learned to thrive on the politics of the day. As an undergraduate student at SUNY Potsdam, I immersed myself in studying political science. Politics touches our daily lives in so many ways. While politics may seem chaotic and confusing at times, the study of politics in political science opens up doors for students to make sense of the world around us. I have a great passion for teaching and encouraging student learning. I firmly believe that educators must be as dynamic as possible and utilize a host of pedagogical tools to encourage, foster, and cultivate a breeding ground of academic success for their students. My teaching style emphasizes faculty-student interaction. While lectures in my classes are common, I also stress giving a great deal of responsibility to students in the classroom. In my classes you will find students presenting the materials and engaging the other students in class discussions. I also feature semester-long research projects and simulations, where students can get hands-on experience with the course material.

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