Dana Professor of Political Science; Director, Mock Trial and Public Service Internship Program

Johns Hall 111G

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      My work focuses principally on the rhetorical strategies employed by anti-abortion groups to influence the shape of national abortion policy, but I am increasingly interested in studying the rhetorical strategies used by production agriculture and sustainable agriculture groups. For example, Beef Products, Inc. is currently suing ABC News over the term "pink slime," while the advocates want it referred to by its more sterile-sounding name, "finely-textured lean beef." In a similar fashion, industrial agriculture could be a term that is merely descriptive of a process whereby the logic of industrial organization came to be applied to agriculture. But more often than not, the term is used as a pejorative to advance a political agenda opposed to commodity agriculture. I am hopeful that over time, I can study the war of words over agriculture and food policy.

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      My interests in sustainability are primarily in investigating sustainable agriculture efforts in Iowa as part of Farm, PSC 516, which is taught during the May term. I also am hoping to develop more sustainability components to my Urban Studies course. I've not completed any research per se in the sustainability area, and to date, my service has not focused in this area. The May Term course in Iowa has brought me into contact with numerous leaders in the sustainable agriculture community there and I am working to develop more long lasting relationships there both with extension faculty at Iowa State as well as an array of activists. Of course, it is important to note that I also have strong interests in production agriculture, and I own a 1/3rd share in Neubauer Family Farms LLC, am Iowa production agriculture company.

  • Sustainability courses taught
      • PSC 416, Farm
      • PSC 208, Urban Politics
      • PSC 406, Fieldwork in State and Local Public Affairs
      • PSC 101, American Government
      • PSC 209, Southern Politics
      • PSC 207, State Politics
      • PSC 211, Racial and Ethnic Politics

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