R. Bruce Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science &
Pre-law Advisor

"My teaching philosophy is simple: the most enriching learning takes place by doing. Applied work needs to be informed by solid theory, but the best theory is useless without application."

Dr. Anderson came to Florida Southern in 2010, and was invited to join the faculty after the retirement of the entire full-time faculty of the department. He has spent his time at FSC primarily in revitalizing the Political Science program, creating a full-service pre-law program, promoting internships in all areas of the field, and working with students in collaborative research. His research areas are in Southern Politics, American campaigns and elections, legislative politics and policy analysis.

Dr. Anderson is widely published; in addition to a wealth of peer-reviewed material, he has also published numerous short articles and references, many with students as coauthors. He is currently working on a reference work for Sage Publications on "White Collar Crime", focusing on the political aspects of such activities.

Courses Taught

American Politics; Comparative Politics; Interdisciplinary Courses

Education     

Ph.D., M.A., Political Science, Rice University
B.A., Political Science, minor in American History/European History, Ohio Wesleyan University

Honors and Awards

Miller Distinguished Professor - Florida Southern College - 2012

Faculty Volunteer of the Year - 2011-2012

Program Chair, Political Science - 2010 to present

Pre-Law Advisor - 2010 to present

Pre-Law Program Chair - 2010 to present

College Liaison, The Washington Center - 2010 to present

Artinian Award, SPSA - 2005

Publications

Anderson, R. B., Garraway, C., Scandalous Behavior: ACORN, Voter Registration, and the Aging of "Action" Groups. Poster presented at the State Politics and Policy Conference, Houston, TX; February 16th and 17th, 2012.

Conference Presentations

Anderson, R. B., Vaal, J., Primary Attraction: Does the Romance Continue? The Failure of Successful Women Primary Candidates in General Elections. Paper presented at the State Politics and Policy Conference, Houston, TX: February 16th and 17th, 2012.

Anderson, R. B., Garraway, C., Scandalous Behavior: ACORN, Voter Regist ration, and the Aging of "Action" Groups. Poster presented at the State Politics and Policy Conference, Houston, TX; February 16th and 17th, 2012.

Summer Collaboration:
Anderson, R. B., Fogle-Miller, C., Pinkele, C.  The Future of the Democratic Party in the South:  A Questionable Past and an Uncertain Future.