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Political Science Faculty — Dr. Jon Gottschall  (Retired)


Dr. Gottschall received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, where he specialized in jurisprudence and the U.S. legal system.  He teaches introductory courses on comparative and international politics as well as introduction to law, Constitutional law, and civil liberties. His U.S. Foreign Policy course is one of the “capstone” courses political science majors may take to meet their requirements.

Dr. Gottschall serves as the campus-wide Pre-law advisor for those students planning to go on to law school. He is also the faculty advisor for Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honors society.

In 2001, Dr. Gottschall received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach American Law in Moldava, a nation that had been part of the Soviet Union until 1990. While there, he gave numerous lectures on law in the U.S. to legal professionals in Moldava and neighboring countries.

Dr. Gottschall's research has long focused on the U.S. Courts of Appeals. His analysis of the different President's appointees to these courts has won him national recognition.


  • Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and the U.S. legal system, University of Massachusetts

Teaching Areas

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to International Politics
  • Introduction to Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Liberties
  • U.S. Foreign Policy

Research Areas

  • U.S. Courts of Appeals

Recent Awards and Activities

  • 2001: Received a Fulbright Award to teach American Law in the Republic of Moldava
  • 2001: Addressed the Academy of Economic Studies of Romania on the topic “Capitalism, Democracy, and the American Supreme Court”
  • 2001: Activated chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honors Society

Contact Jon Gottschall

Office: 149D Hawkins Hall
Phone: (518) 564-5830
Email: gottscjs@plattsburgh.edu