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Dr. Melanie J. Blumberg

Education

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

Biography

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.

Publications/Research Interests

  • Binning, William C., and Melanie J. Blumberg. [forthcoming] “Ohio Sixth: Obama’s Numbers too Low for Dems.” In Roads to Congress: 2014. Sean Foreman and Robert Dewhirst, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press. 
  • Binning, William C., Melanie J. Blumberg, and John C. Green. 2014. ”Report from Youngstown: Causes and Consequences of Local Party Endorsements.” In The State of the Parties: The Changing Role of American Political Parties 7th ed. John C. Green, Daniel Coffee, and David B. Cohen, eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.        
  • Blumberg, Melanie J., William C. Binning, John C. Green, and Sarah K. Lewis. 2010. “Party-on-the-Periphery: The 2008 Presidential Campaign in Mahoning County.” In The State of the Parties: The Changing Role of American Political Parties 6th ed. John C. Green and Daniel Coffee, eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Holman, B. Kirk, and Melanie J. Blumberg.  2007. “The Pennsylvania Twelfth Congressional District: The Story of Three Simultaneous Campaigns. In Roads to Congress: 2006. Sunil Ahuja and Robert Dewhirst, eds. Huntington, NY: Nova Science. 
  • Blumberg, Melanie J., William C. Binning, and John C. Green. 2007. “The 2006 Pennsylvania Senate Race:  An Incumbent Out of Touch.” In Roads to Congress: 2006. Sunil Ahuja and Robert Dewhirst, eds.  Huntington, NY: Nova Science.   
  • Blumberg, Melanie J. 2006. “AASCU Survey of Member Schools, September 2005.” In Electoral Voices: Engaging Students in Elections. An American Democracy Project Best Practices Guide. Washington, DC:  American Association of State Colleges and Universities. 
  • Blumberg, Melanie J., William C. Binning, and John C. Green. 2006. “The [Un]coordinated Campaign: The Battle for Mahoning County, Ohio.” In The State of the Parties: The Changing Role of Contemporary American Parties 5th ed. John C. Green and Daniel Coffey, eds. Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Blumberg, Melanie J., Emily M. Sweitzer, and Richard J. Helldobler et al.  2006. “Cal Campaign Consultants: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Civic Engagement, Leadership, and Community Involvement.” In Quick Hits for Educating Citizens: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers. James L. Perry and Steven G. Jones, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.    
  • Blumberg, Melanie J., and William C. Binning. 2006. “Outsiders Need Not Apply: Ohio Seventeenth Congressional District Voters Choose the Hometown Kid.” In Government, Politics, and Public Policy in Ohio 2nd ed. Carl Lieberman, ed. Akron, OH: Midwest Press. 
  • Binning, William C., Melanie J. Blumberg, and John C. Green. 2005. “Specter Withstands Challengers in Bid for Fifth Term in Pennsylvania.” In Roads to Congress: 2004. Sunil Ahuja and Robert Dewhirst, eds. Huntington, NY: Nova Science.      
  • Blumberg, Melanie J., William C. Binning, and John C. Green. 2003. “Ryan Defeats Womer Benjamin and Traficant in Ohio’s 17th District Race.” In The Roads to Congress: 2004. Sunil Ahuja and Robert Dewhirst, eds. Mansfield, OH: BookMasters. 
  • Blumberg, Melanie J., William C. Binning, and John C. Green. 2003. “No Mo[mentum] in Ohio: Local Parties and the 2000 Presidential Campaign.” In The State of the Parties: The Changing Role of Contemporary American Parties 4th ed. John C. Green and Rick D. Farmer, eds. Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield. 
  • Blumberg, Melanie J., William C. Binning, and John C. Green. 1999. “Do the Grassroots Matter? The Coordinated Campaign in a Battleground State. In The State of the Parties: The  Changing Role of Contemporary American Parties 3rd ed. John C. Green and Daniel M. Shea, eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Binning, William C., Melanie J. Blumberg, and John C. Green. 1996. “Change Comes to Youngstown: Local Political Parties as Instruments of Power” In The State of the Parties: The Changing Role of Contemporary American Parties 2nd ed. John C. Green and Daniel M. Shea eds. Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield.   
  • Blumberg, Melanie J., and James J. Best. 1990. “The Incumbency Effect: When Doesn’t It Work? A Study of the 17th Ohio Congressional District, 1978-1984” Ohio Journal of Economics and Politics 5:  1-20.  
  • Blumberg, Melanie J. 1986. “Scandinavian Higher Educational Reform: From Elitism to Egalitarianism.” Columbus, OH: Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No.  ED 311811.
  • Blumberg, Melanie J. 1986. “The Democratization of Higher Education in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden: A Cross-National Study of Post-War Reforms.” Chicago, IL: Midwest Meeting of the International and Comparative Education Society. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. HE 020 967.

Campus Activities

American Democracy Project, campus director

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.  The ADP arranges a wide array of programs thought the academic year, for example, Constitution Day, National Voter Registration Day, Election Analysis Forums, and Issue Expos.

The Harrisburg Internship Semester, campus coordinator

Every fall and spring Cal U selects a student for this prestigious internship.

Cal Campaign Consultants, faculty adviser

Every year, several members of Cal Campaign Consultants attend the American Association of Campaign Consultants Annual Pollie Awards & Conference, where they network with the most successful professional campaign strategists in the country.  

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of History and Political Science

Academic Program(s)

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

Contact Information

Email:
blumberg@calu.edu

Phone:
724-938-5720

Office:
Manderino Library 440-I
Manderino Library 440 I