David A. Crockett
Department of Political Science
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
(210) 999-8344; Fax (210) 999-8320
Ph.D., political science, The University of Texas at Austin, 1999
M.P.Aff., Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, 1993
B.A., cum laude, government, Georgetown University, 1985
Trinity University, Department of Political Science: Associate Professor, 2005-present; Assistant Professor, 1999-2005.
The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Government: Assistant Instructor, 1998-1999; Teaching Assistant, 1994-1998; Grader, 1993-1994.
Austin Community College, Department of Government: Teaching Assistant, 1997-1998.
Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse: Research Assistant, 1993-1996.
United States Army: Communications Officer, 1985-1991.
Running against the Grain: How Opposition Presidents Win the White House, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2008.
The Opposition Presidency: Leadership and the Constraints of History, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2002.
Journal Articles 2
"The Rhetorical Presidency: Still Standing Tall," Presidential Studies Quarterly, forthcoming.
"An Excess of Refinement: Lame Duck Presidents in Constitutional and Historical Context," Presidential Studies Quarterly, 38 (December 2008): 707-721.
"The Layered Rhetorical Presidency," Critical Review, 19 (2007): 299-314.
"Should the Senate Take a Floor Vote on a Presidential Judicial Nominee?" Presidential Studies Quarterly, 37 (June 2007): 313-330.
"In the Shadow of Henry Clay: How to Choose a Successful Opposition Presidential Candidate," Congress and the Presidency, 33 (Spring 2006): 47-74.
"Unity in the Executive and the Presidential Succession Act," Presidential Studies Quarterly, 34 (June 2004): 394-411.
"George W. Bush and the Unrhetorical Rhetorical Presidency," Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 6 (Fall 2003): 465-486.
"Samson Unbound: Opposition Presidents and the Failure of Party Leadership," Social Science Journal, 40 (2003): 371-383.
"Dodging the Bullet: Election Mechanics and the Problem of the Twenty-third Amendment," PS: Political Science & Politics, 36 (July 2003): 423-426.
"The President as Opposition Leader," Presidential Studies Quarterly, 30 (June 2000): 245-274.
"Executive Privilege," solicited chapter in The Constitutional Presidency, eds. Joseph Bessette and Jeffrey Tulis, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
"Prometheus Chained: Communication and the Constraints of History," solicited chapter in Politics, Discourse and American Society: New Agendas, eds. Roderick P. Hart and Bartholomew H. Sparrow, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.
Two solicited entries for Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, V. 6, ed. Thomas Langston (CQ Press, forthcoming).
Nine solicited entries for Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics, eds. Michael A. Genovese and Lori Cox Han (Facts on File), 2009. 3
Revision of "Public Support and Opinion" chapter of Guide to the Presidency, 4th ed., ed. Michael Nelson (Congressional Quarterly Press), 2007.
Sixteen solicited entries for Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, ed. Michael A. Genovese (Facts on File), 2004.
Review of Gene Healy, The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power, in Political Science Quarterly, 124 (Spring 2009): 182-183.
Review of Elvin T. Lim, The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush, in Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies, 36 (January-April 2009): 117-118.
Review of William G. Mayer and Andrew E. Busch, The Front-Loading Problem in Presidential Nominations, in Congress and the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies, 31 (Autumn 2004): 213-215.
Review of Gary R. Hess, Presidential Decisions for War: Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, in Political Science Quarterly, 117 (Fall 2002): 493-494.
Review of Martin J. Medhurst and H.W. Brands, editors, Critical Reflections on the Cold War: Linking Rhetoric and History, in Presidential Studies Quarterly, 31 (June 2001): 370-372.
Understanding American Politics and Government, Texas Edition. Co-authored Texas portion with L. Tucker Gibson and Clay Robison. New York: Longman, 2009.
"Nominations No Place for Filibuster," San Antonio Express-News comment (April 24, 2005).
"Electoral College Gives States a Voice," San Antonio Express-News comment (November 7, 2004).
"Using the Constitution to Teach the Presidency," PRG Report (Fall 2003).
"Truth and Consequences," solicited by San Jose Mercury News (July 27, 2003). 4
"The Making of a Mandate," solicited by Austin American-Statesman (November 5, 2000).
"Electoral College Eases a Difficult System," San Antonio Express-News comment (September 13, 2000).
"Approaching Judgment: The Religious Right and the Republican Dilemma," masters report (LBJ School of Public Affairs, 1993).
Works in Progress
"The Layered-Text Presidency: An Expanded Treatment," a journal article being prepared for submission.
"Separation Anxiety: United and Divided Government in Layered Context," a book chapter being prepared for an edited volume based on the 2008 Hofstra symposium on "The 2008 Road to the White House and Beyond."
"The Layered-Text Presidency: An Expanded Treatment," American Political Science Association, August 2008.
"Lame Duck Presidents and Political Time," American Political Science Association, August 2007.
"Constitutionally Nuclear: Senate Floor Votes on Presidential Judicial Nominees," American Political Science Association, September 2006.
"The Perils of Free Agency: Why Opposition Presidents Don’t Make Good Party Leaders," American Political Science Association, September 2004.
"Toppling Goliath: How to Choose a Successful Opposition Presidential Candidate," American Political Science Association, September 2004.
"Unity in the Executive and the Presidential Succession Act," American Political Science Association, August 2003.
"George W. Bush and the Unrhetorical Rhetorical Presidency," American Political Science Association, September 2002.
"Samson Unbound: The Dangers of Presidential Opposition Leadership," American Political Science Association, September 2000. 5
"Prometheus Chained: Presidential Ideology and the Constraints of History," New Agendas in Political Communication, April 2000.
"Running against the Grain: How Opposition Parties Capture the Presidency," American Political Science Association, September 1999.
"The President as Opposition Leader," American Political Science Association, September 1998.
"The President as Opposition Leader," Southwestern Political Science Association, March 1997.
Conference and Symposium Participation
Participated in Hofstra University Symposium, "From Votes to Victory: Winning and Governing the White House in the 21st Century," April 2008
Chaired panels at the annual meetings of the Southwestern Social Science Association and the 7th annual conference of presidential rhetoric
Served as discussant at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association
Participated in APSA Short Course, "Challenges and Innovations in Teaching the Presidency," American Political Science Association, August 2003
Served on roundtable discussion (Preserving the Presidency) at Southern Political Science Association annual conference, 2007
Served on roundtable discussion (Lame Duck Presidents) at Southwestern Social Science Association annual conference, 2006
Other Professional Activities
Editor of the PRG Report (2008-present)
Member of Presidency Research Group governing council (2003-2008)
Manuscript reviewer for American Politics Research, Congress & the Presidency, Political Psychology Review, PS: Political Science & Politics, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, McGraw-Hill, Ohio University Press, Oxford University Press, Roxbury Publishing Company, Texas A&M University Press, Wadsworth
Chair, Founders Award for Best Paper at APSA 2005 6
Grants and Awards
Academic leave, Faculty Development Committee, Trinity University, 2007
Summer Stipend, Faculty Development Committee, Trinity University, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008
Best Dissertation on the Presidency, Center for Presidential Studies, 2000
Emmette S. Redford Award for Outstanding Research, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 1993
Department and University
University Curriculum Council, 2009-present; Pre-Law Advisory Committee, 2006-present; University Conduct Board, 2007-2009; Student Finance Board, 2000-2003, 2004-2007; Faculty Senate, 2001-2003
Faculty sponsor: College Republicans, Trinity Right to Life, ALD honor society
Department representative at numerous Trinity in Focus, Parents’ Orientation, and Campus of Champion recruiting days
Host: student Q&A sessions with Congressman Lamar Smith (2009), Michael Beschloss (2007), Gary Schmitt (2004), Ari Fleischer (2003), Bill Bradley and Jack Kemp (2003), Admiral Bobby Ray Inman (2001), General Norman Schwarzkopf (2000), Doris Kearns Goodwin (2000)
Faculty participant: "US Financial Crisis Panel Discussion" (2008); "Iraq Informational Discussion" forum (2003); faculty forum on "9-11: One Year Later" (2002); various "Trinity Elects," "Trinity House of Politics," "Mortal Kombat," and "Fight Club" debates
Trinity University Alumni Weekend lunch lecture, "Presidential Elections in Historical Context: Keys to Success in 2008," October 2008
Trinity Scholars on the Road, Colorado Alumni Chapter speaker and Austin Alumni Chapter speaker, "Presidential Elections in Historical Context: Keys to Success in 2008," September 2008
Food for Thought lunch speaker, "Terminator or Legitimator: Is the Supreme Court the Ultimate Arbiter of the Constitution?" March 2008 7
Food for Thought co-speaker, "Trinity Crossfire," May 2006
Trinity Alumni Association – Austin Chapter brunch speaker, "Perilous Predictions: The Foolhardy Attempt of One Political Scientist to Forecast the 2004 Presidential Race," October 2004
Trinity University National Alumni Board luncheon speaker, "Regime Change in the American Presidency," June 2004
Food for Thought lunch speaker, "Perilous Predictions: The Foolhardy Attempt of One Political Scientist to Forecast the 2004 Presidential Race," April 2004
Food for Thought lunch speaker, "The Ghost of 1968: Putting the 2000 General Election in Context," November 2000
Holt seminar speaker, "The Tyranny of Context: Clinton’s Legacy to Al Gore," October 2000
Women’s Business Initiative, lunchtime panel discussion, "The Elections are Over – Now What?" February 2009.
Alamo City Republican Women, Post-Election 2008 analysis, November 2008
American Marketing Association, San Antonio chapter, "Marketing Presidential Candidates: Contemporary Practices and Political Constraints," September 2008
The Optimist Club of San Antonio, debate with John Hermann, "Terminator or Legitimator: Is the Supreme Court the Ultimate Arbiter of the Constitution?" July 2008
LBJ School of Public Affairs, "Presidential Elections in Historical Context: Three Keys to Democratic Success in 2008," March 2008
Alamo City Republican Women, Post-Election 2006 analysis, November 2006
Airport Rotary Club, "George W. Bush in Historical Context," May 2005
San Antonio Northeast Rotary Club, "George W. Bush in Historical Context," March 2005
P.E.O. women’s group on 2004 election, October 2004
Timely Topics Club, "Regime Change in the American Presidency," October 2004 8
Golden Manor Jewish Home for Aged and Mariner Health nursing home, discussions of presidential candidate issue positions, October 2004
National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), "Getting Prepared to Vote," September 2004
Alamo Heights Rotary Club, "Regime Change in the American Presidency," September 2004
The Optimist Club of San Antonio, "Perilous Predictions for 2004 Elections," June 2004
Health Professionals for Life (UT medical school pro-life group), "Common Sense: The Natural Law Argument for the Pro-Life Position," October 2003
Saint Mary’s Hall "Issues Day 2003" debate, "A Delicate Balance: Homeland Security or Personal Freedoms?" March 2003
Medical Students for Life (UT medical school pro-life student group), "Competing Rights: Abortion in American Political Culture," November 2002
Colorado Springs high school students on just war theory and civil disobedience, March 2002
San Antonio West Rotary Club, "The Moral Psychology of the Framers," August 2001
Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils, Inc., "The Bush Presidency: Gridlock or Conservative Heaven?" March 2001
Alamo Kiwanis club on Electoral College, November 2000
P.E.O. women’s group on 2000 election, November 2000