Political Science | Psychological Dimensions of the American Presidency
Y200 | 32943 | Carmines


It is well known that presidential actions are influenced by several
personal factors including the president’s ideology, partisanship,
background and previous political experiences. But political
analysts are increasingly recognizing that the president’s
personality—his or her psychological make-up—is also a crucial
influence affecting presidential success and failures. In this
course we will examine the role of the president’s personality in
influencing their decisions and conduct of the office. We will focus
on presidents during the 20th century and especially on our three
most recent presidents—Clinton, Bush and Obama.
Requirements for the course include two exams and an optional book
review essay.