Brian M. Harward, Ph.D., Director

Professor Harward is Robert G. Seddig Professor of Political Science with responsibility for teaching Constitutional Law, Judicial Process, and Philosophy of Law, among other courses in American Politics. After graduating from Gettysburg College in 1992, he worked for several years at the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) in Washington, D.C., developing a national program on civic education.

He earned his doctorate in Political Science from the School of Public and International Affairs at The University of Georgia in 2003. He then taught at The University of Georgia for four years, and at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for seven years prior to his arrival at Allegheny in 2010.

He has published and conducted research in a number of areas of law, political philosophy, and American politics, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals, human rights, poverty law, state courts, presidential elections, co-sponsorship in the U.S. Senate, citizen political efficacy, congressional oversight, and executive power.  In addition, he has published several articles and book chapters related to teaching and liberal education.


Shannon McConnell, M.A., Program Coordinator

As program coordinator of the CPP, Shannon is responsible for planning, organizing and developing programs for the CPP, including conferences and workshops. She also edits the CPP’s annual magazine, Soapbox. Shannon earned her Master’s degree in Communication Studies, Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management and Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She thoroughly enjoys reading, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends in her free time.

The Student Fellow Program

The Center for Political Participation relies heavily on student involvement. Several work-study students are hired each semester to do important research. Also, a Student Fellowship Program has been established. These fellows are selected to help run the Center…from organizing various events and implementing programs, to creating innovative strategies for promoting politics and the democratic process.