Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science Craig Rimmerman recently traveled to Haverford College, in Pennsylvania, to present a talk, “The Lesbian and Gay Movements in the Obama Era.” This lecture was what Rimmerman describes as “one of the highlights of my life,” because it was presented at the request of one of his former students, Zachary Oberfield ’98, now an assistant professor of political science at Haverford.
Rimmerman’s lecture was presented to students in Oberfield’s class, “American Politics: Difference and Discrimination.” Oberfield teaches courses on American politics, public policy, bureaucracy, the presidency, and Congress. Prior to Rimmerman’s talk, Oberfield had his students read Rimmerman’s book, “The Lesbian and Gay Movements: Assimilation or Liberation?”
Oberfield earned a B.A. in political science cum laude from Hobart, with a minor in religious studies. While a student, he was a member of the Hobart cross country team and participated in the study abroad program to Switzerland as well as the Washington, D.C. program led by Rimmerman and Professor of Economics Alan Frishman. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His current research focuses on poverty, organization socialization, and street-level bureaucracy. He has published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and his dissertation won the American Political Science Association’s Leonard D. White Award for the best dissertation in the field of public administration. He is currently working on a project that examines the effects of leadership diversity on organization functioning and a book based on his dissertation research. Prior to joining Haverford, he taught at Temple University and at the City College of New York.
Rimmerman is the editor of “Service Learning and the Liberal Arts: How and Why It Works” (2009) and “The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism, and Service” (fourth edition published in 2011). In April 2005, Rimmerman was appointed series editor for Westview’s “Dilemmas in American Politics” book series. Each book in the “Dilemmas” series addresses a real world problem and raises issues that are of most concern to undergraduate students. In 2002, Rimmerman was appointed series editor for the Queer Politics, Queer Theories series at Temple University. He is the author of “From Identity to Politics: The Lesbian and Gay Movements in the United States” (2001), and “The Presidency by Plebiscite: The Reagan-Bush Era in Institutional Perspective” (1992).
Joining the Colleges faculty in 1986, Rimmerman holds Ph.D. and master’s degrees in political science from the Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from Miami University.