Department of Political Science

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Richard S. Conley, PhD
Office: 309 Anderson Hall
Phone: (352) 273-2385

Office Hours (Spring 2018):

Tuesdays, 11:45-1:15; Thursdays, 12:45-2:15    

Mailing Address:

Department of Political Science
University of Florida
234 Anderson Hall
P.O. Box 117325
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7325


 Curriculum Vita























Editorial, "Statue Controversy Highlights Omission of History, Death of Dialogue."  Tallahassee Democrat, 30 August 2017.


Editorial, "The Trump Victory: A Message from 'Flyover' Territory."  Tallahassee Democrat, 12 November 2016. 


(with Kevin Baron),  “Obama's 'Hidden-Hand' Presidency: Myth, Metaphor, or Misrepresentation?   White House  Studies Volume 13, No. 2 (Fall 2015): 129-157. 


“The Obama Regulatory Record: Partisanship, Perception, and the 2012 Election.   I n The Presidential Election of 2012, edited by Douglas Brattebo, Tom Lansford, and Jack Covarrubias.  Akron, OH: University of Akron Press, 2015, pp. 181-210.    


“Signing On and Sounding Off: Presidential Signing Statements in the Eisenhower Administration, 1953-61.”  Congress and the Presidency 40 (2013): 61-83). 


(with Charles Dahan) “Legislative Behaviour in the Northern Ireland Assembly, 2007-2011: Conflict and Consensus in a Developing Consociational Democracy.” Political Studies, Volume 61 (2013): 179-97.


The Consociational Model and Question Time in the Northern Ireland Assembly: Policy Issues, Procedural Reforms, and Executive Accountability, 2007-2011.”   Irish Political Studies 37, No. 4 (2012): 1-21.


(with Wendy Whitman Cobb) “Presidential Vision and Congressional Derision?  Explaining Budgeting Outcomes for NASA, 1958-2008.”   Congress and the Presidency 39, No. 1 (2012): 51-73. 


The Harbinger of the Unitary Executive? Presidential Signing Statements from Truman - Carter.”  Presidential  Studies Quarterly 41, No. 3 (September 2011): 546-569. 


Legislative Activity in the Canadian House of Commons: Does Majority or Minority Government Matter?  American Review of Canadian Studies, Volume 41, No. 4 (December 2011): 422-37.   


The Transformation of Question Period.”  Canadian Parliamentary Review/Revue parlementaire canadienne 34, No. 3 (Autumn 2011): 46-51. [invited article]


C’est en Forgeant Qu’On Devient Forgeron? Assessing Legislative Productivity in Fifth Republic France.”   French Politics 9 (June 2011): 158-181.    


Triumphs, Tribulations, and Turnip Day Sessions in the 80th Congress: Harry Truman Copes with Divided Government.   In Congress and Harry S. Truman: A Conflicted Legacy, edited by Donald Ritchie.  Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2011, pp. 21-49. 




Roll Call Data, Presidential Position Votes, Harry Truman

1947-52, from “Congressional Position Votes in the Truman Administration, 1947-52: A View from the White House.”  Congress and the Presidency 37 (June 2010): 200-216.


Presidential and Prime Ministerial Approval in France, de Gaulle - Chirac, “From Elysian Fields to the Guillotine? The Dynamics of Presidential and Prime Ministerial Approval in Fifth Republic France.”  Comparative Political Studies, Volume 39, No. 5 (2006): 570-98.




Native American Politics (POS 4931)
The Four Corners Experience 
(2-11 MARCH 2018)
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah
Visits to:
* Taos Pueblo, New Mexico (World Heritage Site)
* Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM
* Navajo guided tour of Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
* Dulce, NM (Jicarilla Apache) Museum of Arts & Culture
* Zuni Pueblo (Halona Idiwanna), New Mexico
* Monument Valley and Navajo Nation Tribal Park, Arizona
* Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
* Mountain Ute Tribal Park, native tour,ancient dwellings
* Navajo Code Talkers Museum, Tuba City, Arizona
For details, download the informational brochure
For a pictoral tour and preliminary itinerary, click here
Click here for the enrollment form
Space is limited, so apply early!
Registration through 1 February 2018
without late fees
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Click here for photos of the Spring Break 2017 trip to visit the Plains Indian Tribes of
Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota


Dowa Yalanne (sacred Corn Mesa), Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico
June 2017
Atsinna Ruins
El Morro National Monument, near Zuni Pueblo
New Mexico
June 2017

Petroglyphs of Sheep/Mountain Goats
El Morro National Monument, near Zuni Pueblo
New Mexico
June 2017

Southwestern Jackrabbit
Meadview, Mohave County, Arizona
June 2017

Spring 2018
Course Information
POS 4931
Native American Politics  

CPO 4145
Irish Government & Politics  
Syllabus (Link to Canvas Website/E-Learning)






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