Phone: (413) 585-3534
Prospect Street, #206; On Sabbatical 2012-2013
Donald C. Baumer, Professor of Government, has been a member of the faculty of Smith College
since 1977. His early work focused on employment and training policy, culminating
in a book (co-authored with Carl E. Van Horn) entitled The Politics of Unemployment. This was followed by a book covering the field of public policy (co-authored with
Carl E. Van Horn and William T. Gormley, Jr) entitled Politics and Public Policy. The fourth edition of Politics
and Public Policy will be published in 2013. Other research
and publication projects have covered Senate leadership and public images of the
political parties. His most recent book, Parties, Polarization and Democracy in the United States, co-authored with Howard Gold, is now available in paperback.
Baumer's teaching interests and course offerings include
an introductory course in American Government, various courses in Public Policy,
Congress, and most recently a seminar on environmental policy in the United States.