PolitickerNJ just listed Brigid Callahan Harrison, professor of Political Science and Law, on its 2015 PolitickerNJ Power List, landing at number 20.
"There’s no one in academia closer to the politics scene than Harrsion, the ultimate example of someone who can write books on the intricacies of the history of government – as Harrison has – then turn around and comment in real time on what’s happening at the State Capitol. A valuable New Jersey resource," according to PolitickerNJ.
Harrison is tireless in making herself available to reporters and the media to elucidate the complexity of New Jersey and national politics. In addition to teaching and publishing books, she writes columns for the Bergen Record and other papers, as well as providing analysis of the day's news to major outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as local media.
She says her interest in politics was first kindled through family discussions around the kitchen table at the height of the Watergate era when her father sat on the city council in Runnemede, New Jersey and also ran for mayor.
Female voices and the political scene
Harrison has taught at MSU since 1994, but it wasn't until the early 2000s that she stepped up her involvement with the media. That was after a panel discussion by the American Political Science Association emphasized the importance of women sharing their perspectives and serve as role models for other young women and girls. "I took this to heart," she said in an interview.
And her investment in this area is obvious in the number of citings that she receives on an almost daily, weekly, and monthly basis. To keep tabs on Harrison's regular analysis of topical issues, you can follow her via Facebook and Twitter.
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