Eric N. Waltenburg

  • Professor of Political Science
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
    M.A., The Ohio State University
    B.A., Indiana University-Fort Wayne

Department Information

Political Science // Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: BRNG 2250
  • Office Phone: (765) 494-6309
  • Office Fax: (765) 494-0833
  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • E-mail:
  • Courses

  • Spring 2017
    POL 300 - Introduction to Political Analysis

    Fall 2016
    POL 429 - The Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
    POL 610 - American Government & Politics

    Spring 2016
    POL 300 - Introduction to Political Analysis

    Fall 2015
    POL 372 - Indiana Government and Politics
    POL 501 - Political Science: Methodology

    Spring 2015
    No classes

  • Specialization

  • American Politics
    Politics, Groups, and Identities

  • Research

    Eric Waltenburg's teaching and research interests are judicial politics, constitutional law, state politics, and American constitutional and political history. Currently he is engaged in research programs focusing on why political actors choose to use litigation as a means to achieve their policy goals.

    Eric Waltenburg is on the editorial team of Politics, Groups & Identies with colleagues in the Political Science Department at Purdue University: Professor Jay McCann, Department Head and Professor Rosie Clawson, and Professor S. Laurel Weldon. Editorial Assistant is Christine Alwan, Graduate Student.

    Selected Publications

    Choosing Where to Fight: Organized Labor and the Modern Regulatory State
    1948-1987. Albany, NY: SUNY Press (2002).

    "Support for a Supreme Court Decision: A Story in Black and White." American Politics Research 31:251-79; with Rosalee A. Clawson (2003). 

    Litigating Federalism: The States Before the Supreme Court. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group (1999); with Bill Swinford.


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