SUNY-Geneseo: The Crisis Presidency

SUNY-Geneseo: “The Crisis Presidency”


On March 18, 2021, the Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy at SUNY-Geneseo will be holding a virtual lecture with JMC board member and faculty partner Benjamin Kleinerman on presidents, constitutional authority, and their response to crises:

Because of the nature of their constitutional authority, presidents are judged successes or failures because of the way they respond to crises.  More than anything else, Kleinerman argues, we want a President who can successfully navigate us through a crisis.

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 5:00 PM, EDT
A virtual lecture through Zoom

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Benjamin KleinermanBenjamin Kleinerman is the R.W. Morrison Professor of Political Science at Baylor University. He is also editor of The Constitutionalist and on the Board of Directors of the Jack Miller Center. Professor Kleinerman received his B.A. at Kenyon College in Political Science and his Ph.D. at Michigan State University in Political Science. Kleinerman was the founding Chair of the American Political Thought section of APSA. His research focuses mostly on presidential power in relation to the separation of powers. He has published articles on this subject in Perspectives on Politics, APSR, and several edited volumes, including Nomos and The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Professor Kleinerman’s first book, The Discretionary President: The Promise and Peril of Executive Power, was published by the University Press of Kansas and he is currently working on a book titled The Crisis Presidency.  Professor Kleinerman teaches classes on American political thought and political institutions.

Professor Kleinerman is a JMC board member and faculty partner.

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The Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy at SUNY-Geneseo was established in 2019 by Professors Carly Herold and Aaron Herold to establish programming and foster campus conversations about civic education and liberal democracy.  The Forum is supported by a grant from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History.



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