Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Politics
Office Location: Old Main 320A
Arthur Sanders received his B.A. degree from Franklin and Marshall College (1978) and his Ph.D. from Harvard University (1982). He came to Drake in the fall of 1990. He currently serves as the University's Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment, and is a frequent commentator on Iowa and national politics through both local and national media outlets. His areas of research include the role of the media and the impact of money on American politics, the formation and dynamics of public opinion, and exploring how political parties and interest groups affect our political processes.
He has published four books on American politics, the most recent in 2007, Losing Control: Presidential Elections and the Decline of Democracy, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Professor Sanders teaches classes on the American political process, public opinion, elections, media and politics, women and politics, and comparative political parties and interest groups. His current research focus is at the intersection of his teaching and research interests, exploring issues of classroom engagement to promote the development of “engaged global citizens.”