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Dr. Melanie J. Blumberg


  • B.A.: Philosophy, Youngstown State University
  • M.A.: Political Science, The University of Akron
  • Ph.D.: Political Science, Kent State University


Blumberg is professor of Political Science and campus director of the American Democracy Project. Prior to joining the faculty at Cal U, she held positions at Mount Union College and Kent State University, where she was recognized as the Kent Interhall Council Professor of Distinction and received the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Council Distinguished Teaching Award. She is the recipient of Cal U's Faculty Professional Development Merit Award for Research, the Student Government Community Eagle Award, the President's Gala Award for Service, and the Alumni Association's C.B. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Award.

She studies American political parties, congressional elections and mass belief systems. She and her co-authors have published numerous articles on local parties, coordinated campaigns, campaign conduct, and civic engagement. Much of her research is published in The State of the Parties and Roads to Congress series.

Blumberg is active in Ohio politics and consults on a number of judicial races. She is a member of Leadership Mahoning Valley.


  • The Congress
  • The American Presidency
  • Political Parties & Pressure Groups
  • Campaign Management
  • Public Opinion & Political Behavior
  • Mass Media & American Politics
  • Seminar in Politics
  • Quantitative Political Analysis

Affiliated Cal U Departments

  • Media coverage of Hurricane Katrina (Department of Earth Sciences and Department of English)
  • Blogging in Casey-Santorum Senate race (Department of English)
  • Deliberative Polling® as a means of civic engagement (Departments of Earth Sciences, Nursing, Law, Justice and Society and Communication Studies)
  • Civic engagement in elementary schools (Department of Early, Middle and Special Education)

Research Interests

  • Local political parties as instruments of power
  • Coordinated campaigns (national, state and local election strategy)
  • Congressional elections
  • Civic engagement

Selected Student Research

  • Blumberg co-authored a conference paper with Cal U colleagues and two political science majors, which was later published in Quick Hits for Educating Citizens. The article traces the genesis of Cal Campaign Consultants.
  • Three Cal U students co-authored a conference paper with Blumberg and a political writer on voter registration and turnout in the 2008 general election, which was delivered at the 2009 meeting of the American Democracy Project.
  • Blumberg, two department colleagues, an English professor, and a political science major co-authored a study on blogging in the Casey-Santorum contest for the 2006 meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association.
  • Blumberg, colleagues from the departments of History, Earth Sciences, and a political science major co-authored a research paper on media coverage on Hurricane Katrina, which was presented at the 2006 meeting of the Association of American Geographers. She and a colleague discussed the study at the 2006 of the Midwest Political Science Association, this time from the perspective of media framing.
  • Blumberg and colleagues are working with two political science majors on conference papers: one on teaching campaign management and the other on voter suppression.

Selected Service Learning Projects

  • Director, American Democracy Project; faculty adviser, Cal Campaign Consultants and College Democrats: Assists students in organizing issue expos, candidate forums and voter registration drives.

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of History and Political Science

Academic Program(s)

  • B.A. Political Science
  • M.A. Conflict Resolution

Contact Information



Manderino Library 440-I
Manderino Library 440 I