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Teaching Awards:
Instructor of the Year, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, Washington State University, 2021

Nominated for Best Global Campus Instructor, Washington State University, 2020 (special distinction for outstanding performance in online teaching)

Courses Taught:

American Constitutionalism (Summer 2021, Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall           2023)

American National Government (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019; Spring   

     2020; Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023)

American Presidency (Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2023)

American State Politics and Policy (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)


Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall   

     2019; Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020; Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 

     2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023)

Congress and State Legislatures (Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall                   2021)

Judicial Process (Fall 2018, Spring 2019; Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Spring 


Political Research Methods (Fall 2021)

Political Parties and Interest Groups (Fall 2023)

Political Psychology (Spring 2018)

Public Opinion (Fall 2017)

Reforming America’s Electoral System (Fall 2017, Spring 2019)

Voting and Elections (Fall 2020)

Textbook Authorship

The Landscape of American Politics. (textbook project through Great River Learning; forthcoming 2022)

This textbook, to be available as an affordable ebook for students, combines in-depth treatments of various American Politics topics with textbook embedded interactive learning exercises. The topics covered include an introduction to American government and politics; American political values; the American Constitution and political and constitutional development history; civil liberties and civil rights; campaigns, voting, and elections; public opinion and the media; political parties and interest groups; and Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, the court system, and domestic and foreign policy. The chapters also include examinations of American state and local politics, as well as examinations of American government in a comparative perspective, relative to other countries.


Textual treatments of these subjects are paired with interactive learning activities built around newspaper and magazine article links, videos, and historical vignettes to help build student understanding. The end of each chapter in the textbook also features knowledge check quizzes to help students gauge and better their understanding of chapter subject matter. 

Teaching Interests:

American Politics course areas: Introduction to American politics; public policy; state legislatures/Congress, the Presidency; the judicial process; racial and ethnic politics; state and local politics; political behavior; voting and elections; election administration/reform; campaigns and elections; parties and public opinion; political psychology; comparative politics; American political development


Methodology: Introduction to research design; introductory and advanced quantitative and qualitative methods; network analysis; survey/big data research

Comparative Politics

           Michael Ritter

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