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Theodore Rueter

Asst Teaching Professor

Winston Hall 101

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Ted Rueter earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has taught American politics and international relations at Middlebury College, Georgetown University, Smith College, UCLA, and Tulane University.  He currently also teaches for the University of Maryland Global Campus. His web site is

His articles and reviews have appeared in World Politics, Perspectives on Political Science, Journal of Politics, Armed Forces and Society, Congress and the Presidency,  and Aggressive Behavior.  He has had op-eds published in The New York Times, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Tribune.

Dr. Rueter is the author, co-author, or editor of 12 books, including Carter vs. Ford: The Counterfeit Debates of 1976, The Politics of Race: African Americans and the Political System, The United States and the World Politics Economy, The Minnesota House of Representatives and the Professionalization of Politics, and Teaching Assistant Strategies: An Introduction to College Teaching.

He also has extensive media experience, appearing on the radio around 250 times.  He has also appeared on “20/20,” ABC “World News Tonight,” MSNBC, CNN Headline News, and Spanish state television.

Dr. Rueter is the founder and director of Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet (, a citizens’ organization devoted to noise reduction.

He has extensive political and governmental experience, having worked for the mayor of Madison (Wisconsin), a member of the Wisconsin state legislature, the DFL caucus of the Minnesota House of Representatives, a candidate for governor of Minnesota, a member of the US House of Representatives, and a Congressional candidate from Pennsylvania.

He is a recipient of the Humphrey Fellowship in Arms Control and Disarmament from the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Dr. Rueter has taught a wide variety of courses in American politics and government, including American Government, Bureaucratic Politics, Campaigns and Elections, Criminal Justice, Environmental Politics, Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations, Introduction to Political Science, Mass Media and Politics, Political Advocacy and Activism, Political Behavior Analysis, Political Parties, Presidency, Public Administration, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior, Public Policy, Racial Politics, Research Methods, Supreme Court, State and Local Government, and Urban Politics.

He is a member of the Durham Racial Equity Commission (a joint project of Durham city government, Durham county government, and the Durham school district).