Robert J. Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at SUNY Cortland, and the author of four books on gun policy, including The Politics of Gun Control (Paradigm, 5th ed., 2012). He is also the author of The Presidency and Public Policy, The Right to Life Movement and Third Party Politics, The Presidential Veto, The Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, President and Congress, Media and Public Policy, Politics and Constitutionalism, The Right to Bear Arms, The Presidency and the Constitution, Saving the Constitution from Lawyers, Gun Control, The Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights, and We the People: Essentials Edition. He is also Series Editor for the book series “American Constitutionalism” for SUNY Press. In 2003, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship.
Dr. Spitzer is the author of nearly 500 articles and papers appearing in many books, journals, and newspapers on a variety of American politics subjects. He served as President of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association from 2001–2003 and as a member of the New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the US Constitution. He has testified before Congress on several occasions. Dr. Spitzer is often quoted and interviewed by American and international news outlets, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, PBS’s News Hour with Jim Lehrer, MSNBC’s Countdown With Keith Olbermann, CNN, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Diane Rehm Show (NPR), the BBC, CBC, NHK, Der Spiegel, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Slate, and Politico, among others. He is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and a regular panelist on the weekly public affairs program, The Ivory Tower Half Hour, broadcast on WCNY-TV, Syracuse, New York.