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Department of Political Science

Emeritus Faculty

David Whiteman

Title: Professor Emeritus
Department of Political Science


David Whiteman (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1981) is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science.  He was the first Faculty Principal at the Green Quad and served as Undergraduate Director and Graduate Director in the department.  He has been a visiting faculty member at the Brookings Institution, the University of Limerick, and University College Dublin.


Professor Whiteman’s research interests include legislative politics, green politics, and political communication, particularly the role of documentary film in contemporary social movements.  His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. 


Professor Whiteman regularly taught undergraduate courses on “Film, Politics, and Social Change,” “Green Politics,” and “Introduction to Politics.”  His graduate courses included “Political Communication,” “Legislative Politics,” and “Qualitative Research Methods.”

Selected Publications 

“Documentary Film as Policy Analysis” (Mass Communication and Society, 2009). 

“The Green Quad as a Catalyst for Change :  Spreading Green Values Across the University and Community” (Metropolitan Universities, 2010).

“Out of the Theaters and Into the Streets: A Coalition Model of the Political Impact of Documentary Film and Video” (Political Communication, 2004).

“Teaching Green: Experimenting With Green Values in the Classroom” (PS:  Political Science & Politics, 2003).

Communication in Congress:  Members, Staff, and the Search for Information (University Press of Kansas, 1995).

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