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Tom Cronin

Professor / McHugh Chair

Tom Cronin (Stanford University, PhD) is McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership at Colorado College. He is President Emeritus of Whitman College (1993-2005) and a past Acting President at Colorado College (1991). He has served as President of the Presidency Research Group, President of the Western Political Science Association and on the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association. He has authored and co-authored best-selling text-books on American government and the American presidency. He has won several awards for teaching, advising and for his research, including the American Political Science Association’s Charles E. Merriam Award for significant contributions to the art of government.

His latest books are Leadership Matters: Unleashing the Power of Paradox (Paradigm Publishers, 2012); Colorado Politics and Policy: Governing a Purple State, co-authored with Robert D. Loevy (University of Nebraska Press, 2012); and The Paradoxes of the American Presidency, 4th edition, co-authored with Michael A. Genovese (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has published many articles in major political science and public policy journals, as well as in Science, Saturday Review, The New York Times Magazine, TV Guide, and The Daily Beast.

He can be reached at and by phone, 719-635-5432.

Regular Classes

PS 101What is Politics
PS 200American Politics and Government
PS 213Leadership in Theory and Practice (with emphasis on Writing)
PS 318The American Presidency