Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science Craig Rimmerman has recently had the third edition of his “The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism, and Service,” published by Westview Press.
In this third edition, Rimmerman develops the themes outlined in previous editions regarding young people and their participation in politics by examining the Internet as an element of the New Citizenship, President Bush's National Service proposals, and the impact of September 11, 2001, on American civic life, with a particular focus on the consequences of that cataclysmic event for college students and their conceptions of participation and citizenship.
Writing about this third edition, Elizabeth Hollander, executive director of Campus Compact, says: “This readable, engaging book addresses an urgent concern of our times, the decline of participation of college students in the democracy. Readers will come away with insight into both traditional and new forms of democratic participation and their appeal for the next generation. This is an invaluable resource for faculty and students interested in American politics, history, social movements and civic engagement. Any faculty member teaching a service-learning course in any discipline will find it helpful for thinking through their course strategy and for civic reflection with their students.”
Rimmerman, who has taught at HWS since 1986, 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. An expert commentator on issues including gay rights, youth activism, and U.S. presidential evaluation, Rimmerman is quoted across the country from the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Boston Herald to the Tampa Tribune and Times, the Los Angeles Daily News and others. In addition to “The New Citizenship,” he is the author of several books on gay rights and published “From Identity to Politics: The Lesbian and Gay Movements in the United States” (Temple University Press, 2001). He is the author of “Gay Rights, Military Wrongs” (1995) and “Politics of Gay Rights” (2000).