Martin B. Shaffer
Dean, School of Liberal Arts
Dr. Shaffer joined the Marist College faculty as an Assistant Professor of Political Science in 1994, and he served as Chair of the Political Science Department from 2001 to 2007, overseeing a period of significant growth in that major. He was appointed Interim Dean of the School of Liberal Arts on August 1, 2007, and he began his duties as Dean on September 1, 2008. A native of New York State, Dr. Shaffer earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from LeMoyne College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany.
Dr. Shaffer is highly respected for his excellent teaching and service to students. He teaches a variety of courses in American politics, including History of the American Presidency, Congress Today, and Scope and Methods of Political Analysis. He has team taught the American State and Urban Politics course with State Senator Stephen Saland on several occasions. Dr. Shaffer's research interests include presidential leadership, the environmental movement, and New York State politics. He has published several articles in scholarly journals, including Policy Studies Review and Presidential Studies Quarterly, and his book project, Empire State Politics, is under contract with McGraw Hill. Dr. Shaffer is a frequent Op-Ed writer for national and regional publications, and his articles focus on presidential and congressional elections. He has also participated in the Teaching American History Project which is a federally funded teacher enhancement program.
Dr. Shaffer and his wife, Joanne, reside in the Town of Poughkeepsie with their three children.