Brian Stipelman

Brian Stipelman
Dean of School of Arts and Sciences/ Associate Professor
Political Science/School of Arts and Sciences



Brian Stipelman received his PhD in Political Science from Rutgers University in 2008, and has been at Dowling College ever since. His expertise is in American politics and political theory, with a particular focus on the New Deal and how our ideas about politics impact the functioning of our political institutions. He is the author of “That Broader Definition of Liberty”: The Theory and Practice of the New Deal (Lexington, 2012), which received a highly recommended rating from Choice Reviews. He has also published numerous papers and book reviews and presents regularly at academic conferences. He is currently at work on a book called Wishlist: How to Fix America’s Broken Politics.

He is the founder of Conatus: The Academic Journal of Dowling College, a publication dedicated to showcasing outstanding academic work by Dowling students. He is also the founder and organizer of the Long Island Conference of the Social Sciences, an annual interdisciplinary conference dedicated to bringing together local scholars of various disciplines so they can learn from each other.

Brian is currently the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He used to be an avid gamer, but has discovered that two small children no longer leave much time for this.

In the classroom: Brian’s classes place a great deal of focus on writing and writing instruction, since a student’s ability to be articulate in print will help them stand out when they enter the job market. He prefers that courses be conversational as much as possible (and Dowling’s small class size makes this possible), and works hard to tie all course material into current events. Any political science class should be an opportunity to talk about politics, regardless of what is officially on the syllabus for the day. He prefers introductory courses, as he enjoys being able to introduce students to the basic concepts and problems of politics. Although his classes often have a larger point they are making, he is far more concerned with students learning to articulate and defend their own positions rather than mimic his. His favorite courses to teach are probably Introduction to American Politics, Politics and Film and American Political Thought, courses which help students understand why our social and political system seems so dysfunctional and why we, as citizens, put up with it.

  • POL 1001C Introduction to Politics
  • POL 1011C American Government and Politics
  • POL 2100A Politics and Film
  • POL 2101C Modern Political Thought
  • POL 2102C American Political Thought
  • POL 220C Politics and Literature
  • POL 3112A Public Policy and Administration
  • POL 3113A Political Parties and Elections
  • POL 3114A The Presidency
  • POL 3115A Congress
  • POL 4182A Seminar on American Politics
  • POL 4184: Seminar on Political Theory

Additional Info



  • “That Broader Definition of Liberty”: The Theory and Practice of the New Deal,   Lexington Books, October 2012


  • The New Deal’s Theory of Practice for New Political Science 32, Number 2, June 2010


  • Love and Sacrifice: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Democratic Theory in 1930’s The Reality and the Promise Cambridge (forthcoming)


  • The New Deal and the Remaking of American Liberalism in A History of the US Political System by Richard Harris and Dan Tichenor ABC-CLIO, 2010


  • Review of Josh Lerner’s Making Democracy Fun for New Political Science (forthcoming)


  • Review of by Luigi Bradizza’s Richard T. Ely’s Critique of Capitalism for Perspectives on Politics Vol 12, Number 3, September 2014


  • Review of William Domhoff and Michael Webber’s Class and Power in the New Deal: Corporate Moderates, Southern Democrats, and the Liberal Labor Coalition for New Political Science Vol 35, Number 3, September 2013


  • Review of Frances Fox Piven’s The War at Home: The Domestic Costs of Bush’s Militarism for New Political Science 27, Number 1, March 2005


  • Entries on Thurman Arnold and Jacksonian Democracy for the International Encyclopedia of Political Science by CQ Press, 2011