Douglas Brattebo

Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Engaged Ethics

B.A., University of Iowa
M.A., University of Maryland
Ph.D., University of Maryland
J.D., Georgetown University


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Academic interest: American Presidency, American Politics and Law, Foreign and Domestic Policymaking

Raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and trained as a scholar of executive leadership, Doug Brattebo believes in getting things done.  His professional experiences have introduced him to ideas, people, places, and causes that during his childhood seemed a world away.  Brattebo's interests today reside at the nexus of ethical leadership, civic education, globalization, and the preservation of the planet.  He believes that the Twenty-First Century will determine the outcome of the human enterprise.

Since January 1, 2010, Brattebo has worked at Hiram College, in Hiram, Ohio, where he is the Director of the Center for Engaged Ethics.  The Center guides an across-the-college effort that encourages the academic, athletics, and student life divisions to bring the insights of a liberal education to bear on ethical concerns.  Brattebo teaches courses at Hiram on Ethics in U.S. Foreign Policy, The American Presidency and the Executive Branch, The Virtues and Leadership of Abraham Lincoln, and Engaged Citizenship.  In addition to coordinating all aspects of the center's programming and operation, he works to establish formal relationships with other higher education ethics centers.  He currently is working on his next book, Presidential Ethics.

Brattebo is a 1990 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Iowa with majors in Political Science and History and a minor in Journalism.  He earned an M.A. in American Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1992, and went on to earn a Ph.D., with a special emphasis on the American presidency, from the same institution in 1998.  In addition, Brattebo earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999 and is a member of the Maryland Bar.

From 1999 to 2005, Brattebo was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he taught Honors Introduction to American Government, The American Presidency and the Executive Branch, and a Seminar on the Democratic Peace.  In May of 2002 he was the winner of the Naval Academy's prestigious Apgar Award for Teaching Excellence, for demonstrating "effectiveness in teaching the qualities of leadership, with special emphasis on character, responsibility, and integrity, through the academic environment, curriculum, and mentoring roles outside the classroom."  Brattebo served as American Government Course Coordinator at the Naval Academy and continues to be a mentor of undergraduates and graduate students.  His most recent book, co-edited with Tom Lansford and Robert Maranto, is The Second Term of George W. Bush:  Prospects and Perils.

In September of 2005, Brattebo became the Director of the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC, and set about transforming the program through modernization and growth.  Brattebo managed all aspects of EPFP:  program development, innovation, and expansion; relationship building with program stakeholders; and program implementation and assessment.  He oversaw the Lumina Foundation for Education's two-year study of EPFP, worked to extend EPFP into additional states, and brought a global subject matter focus to EPFP's two annual national conferences.  As EPFP Director, Brattebo traveled to India and China to meet with educators in those countries and examine the links between education, globalization, and economic development.

In 2008 and 2009, Brattebo served as President of the Corporate College in Cleveland, Ohio.  In this capacity, he provided county-wide strategic leadership to Corporate College, guiding the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs designed to help businesses build the skills of their employees in order to operate more profitably.  Brattebo led Corporate College's outreach efforts to businesses, other types of public and private organizations, and individuals in order to promote program growth, the delivery of quality services, and increased revenues.

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