Teaching Repertoire and Administration
Dr. Jeremy Lewis is Associate Professor of Political Science. A British
citizen, he holds four degrees from Oxford University (MA, BA) and the
Johns Hopkins University (PhD, MA).
He is trained in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, wrote his PhD in American
Politics, and has specialized in comparative public information policy.
He has previously worked at two state universities (CUNY and UNI) and two
liberal arts colleges: Wellesley College and Colby College.
He holds dual nationality from United Kingdom and United States.
External Professional Service
He currently teaches fourteen political science courses (in American
Government, Public Administration, Comparative Government and International
Relations) and directs an internship program.
He also has taught several interdisciplinary symposia.
He served as director of the college-wide liberal arts symposium on Justice,
taught by some twenty faculty for some 200 students.
For ten years he served as a consultant on official information policy
and administrative practice to the federal government.
One of his articles was used by the British cabinet office in preparing
His instructor's manuals (for several texts by Peacock Publishers and Chatham
House Publishers) are in use with numerous colleges and the US Air Force.
He has served frequently as a political commentator on television, including
a series on the NBC nightly news.
In New York and Washington DC, he has moderated panels on political issues
for television -- and a video prepared for the FDA Commissioner.
He often served as a guest speaker at civil service conferences, and at
community organizations. (His subjects have ranged broadly: from
great deaths of political figures, via the 1946 administrative procedures
act, and American values, to the 250th anniversary of the battle of Culloden
Style of teaching
He also occasionally enjoys developing software for classes, and has developed
two websites. He speaks to conferences occasionally on the uses of
courseware and on website development.
He coordinates an active public affairs club for students of all persuasions;
they engage in field trips, bring in guest speakers, hold evening discussions,
and occasionally conduct opinion surveys.
He takes students to monthly meetings of the Alabama World Affairs Council,
and the WAC national conference in Washington DC.
He facilitated setting up a college democrats group for students.
(A college republicans group has long been active at the college.)
When a student, Dr. Lewis was an active member of three student politial
parties: the Conservatives, Liberals and Labour. He is a life member
of the Oxford Union Debating Society.
He conducts occasional coed rugby courses, and sponsors the sailing club
and College Democrats; he is an honorary member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Recent students' placements
Dr. Lewis believes strongly in breaking the fourth wall of the classroom:
rather than just listening to lectures, courses use the internet, speakers,
student presentations and multimedia.
All courses are run as seminars with student presentations and discussion.
All courses involve essays and nearly all require research papers -- but
with plenty of help provided on how to design, research and write the paper.
He often invites guest speakers to inform classes about practical government
He occasionally takes students out for a more informal seminar in a cafe.
He likes to take classes out on field trips to the state legislature,
governor's office or other political locations.
He has taken students to the House of Commons, London and Oxford University
for courses on British politics.
Coming from teaching in a graduate program in public policy, he is very
keen to send well-educated, interdisciplinary undergraduates on to good
Political Science graduates from Huntingdon have matriculated to graduate
schools as far afield as Monterrey Institute (CA) and Case Western Reserve
His previous undergraduate students from Wellesley College and Colby College
have entered leading graduate and law schools -- including scholarships
to Harvard and Yale.
One of his recent former Huntingdon students went on to University of California
Clara law school; another to study international law at American University
law school in Washington DC; and a few to the University of Alabama or
Cumberland law schools.
One recent student worked as an assistant press secretary for Gov. Fob
James (R) -- and another in the same position for Gov. Don Siegelman (D).
Another student has been the Capitol Intern for Gov. Siegelman's legislative
liaison staff. Another worked in Gov. Jeb Bush's policy office (R-FL).
Several undergrads have been interns for US senators or representatives
Several students have worked in office management for law firms and for
the District Attorney.
Students have also gone on to work as campaign professionals, political
office managers, small city managers, and public interest group researchers.
Numerous former students have corresponded by e-mail from their jobs in
the US Senate, from grad schools, and from interest group offices in Washington