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Dr. Melvin Laracey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specialization are American Political Institutions, Public Law and Public Policy. 

Dr. Laracey earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Michigan.  He also earned his M.P.A. at Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government) and his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School. 

Among his publications are: “Presidents and the People: The Partisan Story of Going Public”, and “The Rhetorical Presidency Today: How Does it Stand Up?”

Dr. Laracey has been awarded the Faculty Development Fellowship and was a Guest Lecturer and Researcher at Princeton University.  He was also a Fulbright Scholar attending the University of Bucharest in Romania. 

He was also the Editor of the PRG Report, the newsletter of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association.  In 2006 he was the Chair of the African American Politics Search Committee at UTSA.

Recent Courses

  • POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics
  • POL 3283 American Presidency
  • POL 5153 American Government and Politics

Recent Publications

  • ."How  Presidents Persuade," Wilson Quarterly, Autumn vol. 35 issue 4 10-11  (Journal/ refereed). 2011.
  • "The Rhetorical Presidency Today: How Does It Stand Up?" Presidential Studies Quarterly, volume 39, issue 4 (Journal/refereed). 2009.
  • "The Theory and Practice of the Rhetorical Presidency," The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric Texas A&M University Press. (w/Abbot, Henry, Houck, Lucas, Parry-Giles, Aune, Medhurst {segment of book). 2008.
  • Talking without Speaking and Others Curiosities, chapter in Martin J. Medhurst ed., Before the Rhetorical Presidency" Texas A&M University Press (book chapter). 2008.


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