Dr. David Robertson, Curators’ Teaching Professor of political science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), has been named the 2016 Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
The appointment is a one-semester visiting-professor position. During his time in Rolla, Robertson will teach a course titled “Environmental Politics and Policy” at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. At the end of the spring semester, Robertson will return to his regular teaching duties at UMSL.
Robertson is a renowned U.S. political analyst whose specializations include American economic, social and environmental policy; labor market policy; American politics and public policy; and political and policy history. He has published five books on these topics, including “The Original Compromise: What the Constitution’s Framers Were Thinking,” published in 2013 by Oxford University Press.
Throughout his career, Robertson has earned numerous awards and individual distinctions. In 2005, he earned the Mary Parker Follett Award for Best Article in Politics and History from the American Political Science Association. He has earned the Emerson Electric Co. Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002, an UMSL Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002 and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001.
Robertson earned his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1981. He has served on the UMSL faculty in various positions since 1983, including assistant, associate and full professor, director of graduate studies, and chair of the political science department. Prior to joining UMSL, Robertson was an assistant professor at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Missouri S&T’s Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Professorship in Humanities, established by an estate gift to the university in 1999, is rotated among the arts, languages, and philosophy department, the English and technical communication department, and the history and political science department. During his semester at S&T, Robertson will be a member of the history and political science department.
Weiner graduated from Missouri S&T when it was known as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. He also studied at the University of Hawaii and at Washington University in St. Louis. He retired from Westinghouse Electric Corp.