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Dennis Goldford

Beginning January 2015, Drake University Professor Dennis Goldford has served as The Harkin Institute’s first Flansburg Fellow. In this role, Professor Goldford has examined the modern media's coverage of American politics, changes in media coverage, and the implications of those changes for American democratic processes. His work also focuses on the Iowa caucuses. Professor Goldford contribute to a caucus website blog, explaining the caucus process and commenting on the "on-the-ground" political environment in Iowa leading up to the caucuses.

Media inquiries for The Harkin Institute Flansburg Fellow, Professor Dennis Goldford, may be directed to or (515) 271-3197.

Professor Dennis Goldford has taught political theory and constitutional law at Drake University since 1985. He received his B.A. in political science and philosophy from the University of Michigan, a Master of Letters (M. Litt.) in philosophy from Oxford University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.

Professor Goldford has written three books. In 2005 he authored The American Constitution and the Debate Over Originalism (Cambridge University Press), and in 2010 co-authored, with retired Drake University colleague Hugh Winebrenner, The Iowa Caucuses: The Making of A Media Event, 3rd ed. (University of Iowa Press). His newest book, titled The Constitution of Religious Freedom: God, Politics, and the First Amendment (Baylor University Press), was published in 2012. Professor Goldford’s current research concerns the constitutional claims of the Tea Party movement.

Professor Goldford has served as a political analyst for KCCI-TV and for a wide variety of local, regional, national, and international print and broadcast media organizations. He is frequently invited to speak on politics and elections to business groups, clubs, and other organizations.

Harkin Institute
October 2, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Stephen Benjamin will discuss the evolving role of American mayors in today’s political environment and other top issues facing American cities at The Harkin Institute’s Sussman Lecture on Oct. 30 at Drake University.