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- Academic Director, American Politics
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Areas of Expertise: Campaigns, Elections, Polling, Political Branding, Constitutional Law, Congress
Semiatin has been a member of the Washington Semester Faculty for over 27 years as an American Politics Professor. He is the author of "Campaigns in the 21st Century" (McGraw-Hill, 2004), and editor of "Campaigns on the Cutting Edge" (CQ Press, 2008), the book's second edition (2012), third edition (2017), and fourth edition (2020). Semiatin is also author of the monograph, "Impeachment and Trial" (McGraw-Hill, 1999). His hobbies include hiking, photographing national parks, attending Shakespearean plays and following his beloved New York Yankees. He has appeared in numerous national and international television, radio and print outlets.
Area of Expertise
Campaign strategy, elections, Congress, executive branch, courts
Richard J. Semiatin, assistant professor of political science, has taught courses in American politics and government for AU’s Washington Semester Program since 1991. He specializes in elections, campaigns, Congress, the executive branch, courts, and federal and state child-support enforcement. Semiatin is editor and author of the book Campaigns on the Cutting Edge, which will appear in its second edition (CQ Press, 2012). The book, which features chapters authored by leading scholars, examines how campaigns will be changing during the next decade. Semiatin's previous book Campaigns in the 21st Century: The Changing Mosaic of American Politics, (McGraw-Hill, 2005), exposed the inner workings of campaigns from organization, to polling, to paid advertising, to life on the campaign trail. He is also author of the monograph 2006 Midterm Elections (McGraw-Hill, 2007). He has authored five other monographs: 2004 Presidential Election (McGraw-Hill, 2005); 2002 Midterm Elections (McGraw-Hill, 2003); 2000 Elections (McGraw-Hill, 2001); 1998 Midterm Elections (McGraw Hill, 1999); and Impeachment and Trial (McGraw Hill, 1999). Semiatin has been published in journals such as Judges Journal, Court Manager, and Comparative State Politics. He coauthored a chapter on the role of interest groups in the 2000 and 2002 congressional elections for a book published by Congressional Quarterly Press in 2004. He has been interviewed by national and international media organizations, including NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, BBC, CBC, Cox Broadcasting, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer USA Today, Boston Globe, NPR, Associated Press, Reuters, Agence-France Presse, and London Radio News.