Bruce Miroff

Bruce Miroff, PhD

Professor and Collins Fellow
Specialization: American Politics & the Presidency
Department of Political Science

216 Milne Hall | 518-442-5273

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About Professor Miroff

Bruce Miroff joined the Department of Political Science at Albany in 1978. He received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974, and he has also taught at the University of Texas, Austin, the University of California at Davis, and Williams College. Miroff teaches and writes on the American Presidency, American Political Development, American Political Theory, and Political Leadership. He has received the Excellence in Teaching Award and is a Collins Fellow at the University at Albany. Along with numerous articles and book chapters, he has authored or co-authored five books: Pragmatic Illusions: The Presidential Politics of John F. Kennedy (1976), Icons of Democracy: American Leaders as Heroes, Aristocrats, Dissenters, and Democrats (1993), The Liberals' Moment: The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic Party (2007), Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics, Sixth Edition (2009), and The Democratic Debate: American Politics in an Age of Change, Fifth Edition (2010). He has delivered guest lectures at a number of American universities, and in the summer of 2009 he was a State Department lecturer in Brazil.

Selected Publications

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  • Miroff, Bruce. "Leadership and the Tending of Coalitions," in The Quest for Leadership:  Thomas E. Cronin and His Influence on Presidential Studies and Political Science, ed., Michael A. Genovese (Cambria Press, 2015)
  • Miroff, Bruce. "The Original Hundred Days:  Franklin D. Roosevelt," in Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency:  Case Studies in Presidential Leadership, ed. Maxmillian Angerholzer III, James Kitfield, and Stephen Skowronek (Praeger, 2016)
  • Miroff, Bruce and Stephen Skowronek, "Rethinking Presidential Studies through Historical Research," Presidential Studies Quarterly, March 2014
  • Miroff, Bruce "Democratic Leadership and Civic Education," in Good Democratic Leadership​, ed. John Kane and Haig Patapan, Oxford University Press, 2014
  • Miroff, Bruce (2007). "Movement Activists and Partisan Insurgents," Studies in American Political Development, 21(1): 92-109
  • Miroff, Bruce (2007). "Leadership and American Political Development," in Formative Acts: American Politics in the Making, eds. Stephen Skowronek and Matthew Glassman (University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • Miroff, Bruce (2008). "Leadership, Structure, and Agency: FDR Reexamined," in Leadership at the Crossroads, Volume 2, eds. Michael A Genovese and Lori Cox Han (Praeger)
  • Miroff, Bruce (2010). "The Presidential Spectacle," in The Presidency and the Political System, Ninth Edition, ed. Michael Nelson (CQ Press)