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Meet Our Professors: Douglas Bennett, Political Science


Doug Bennett has always wanted to practice or teach politics, and luckily for him, he's been able to do both.  Doug served as Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a partner at two of Washington's premier lobbying firms, Public Stragegies, Washington, and Timmons and Co, and retired from D.C as Vice President for Federal and International Affairs for the Liberty Mutual Co.  He's seen first hand how politics and government work, and how they affect us all.  Doug now enjoys sharing this knowledge with his students at SUU, where he serves as the Chair of the Dept. Of Political Science and Criminal Justice. 


 

Title:
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Chair

Department
Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.

How long have you been working at SUU:  
3 years

Where did you grow up:  
Salt Lake City, Utah

Where did you attend college and what did you study:  
-Bachelor’s in Political Science from University of Utah (Magna cum Laude)
-Bachelor’s in Philosophy from University of Utah (Magna cum Laude)
-Juris Doctor from University of Utah 

Where did you work before coming to SUU:  
Washington, D.C.  I was Vice President for Federal and International Affairs, Liberty Mutual Group.  Previously Exec VP, Timmons and Co; Previously Senior Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce.

When and how did you decide what you wanted your career to be:
Still a work in progress, but I always wanted to practice or teach politics and I'm lucky to have done both.

What do you feel is the most important thing about your field:  
Understanding the ideologies and institutions that inform and comprise governments.

Favorite thing to teach about your subject:
Introducing students to the Constitution of the United States.

Why do you love your field:
I find that students become involved in politics as they become aware of the role government and politics play in their lives.  It's a great privilege to stimulate student interest and involvement in the hope that their generation will do a better job of governing than mine.

What is the one thing you wish to tell every student in your class:
That successful self government depends on an informed and engaged citizenry.

What do you love about SUU:  
The wonderful people I've met.  Students, faculty, administration and staff have been welcoming and gracious. I couldn't ask for more.