Doug Harris, Ph.D.
- Academic Focus Political Science
Douglas Harris, Ph.D., strives to intertwine Loyola’s Jesuit values and service-learning into his courses. As he sees it, “studying politics with values at the center of inquiry is great preparation for students to become better citizens and members of communities.” Dr. Harris, who is originally from Westminster, Md., earned his doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University. His scholarship focuses on the history and politics of the U.S. Congress, and he has written and collaborated on a number of books and scholarly articles on the subject. At Loyola, Dr. Harris has served on the advisory board and as both academic director and implementation committee co-chair for Messina, the university’s first-year experience. He says he appreciates Loyola’s smaller class sizes compared to larger institutions, which allows him to get to know his students. “Some of my former students work in Washington, D.C., in law and as writers and journalists, and I am reminded of how lucky Loyola faculty members are to have long-standing relationships with our students and alumni.”
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Loyola’s political science department values theory, history, and, above all, is committed to the academic excellence that is central to the mission of any Jesuit college or university.