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Ryan Barilleaux named Paul Rejai Professor of Political Science


Ryan Barilleaux
Ryan Barilleaux, professor of political science at Miami University, has been awarded the Paul Rejai Professor of Political Science. In awarding the honor, Miami President David Hodge cited Barilleaux's "success as a teacher and scholar who exemplifies the very best of Miami's traditions."

The endowed position is for a five-year term beginning July 1 and provides funds for professional expenses to support activities and productivity of the assignment. For the 2012-2013 academic year, the amount will be $5,000.

Barilleaux specializes in such topics as the American presidency, American government, political thinking and political careers. His research interests include presidential and executive politics, American politics, and religion and politics.
He is writing a book on how American presidents respond to the challenge of governing in difficult situations. The book, tentatively titled, Tough Times for the President, examines presidential leadership under conditions of political adversity.

Barilleaux served as chair of the department of political science from 2001 to 2009. He is the author or editor of nine books on the U.S. presidency and American politics; has published dozens of articles on the American presidency, religion and politics; and his research has been recognized for excellence by professional associations.

Barilleaux began his career at Miami in 1987. He received the Effective Educator Award from Miami’s Alumni Association in 2010. He also was a 1997 recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Miami University Associated Student Government.

He received his bachelor’s degree in 1979 from University of Southwestern Louisiana, and his master’s degree and his doctorate from University of Texas at Austin.


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