Patricia Crouse, Ph.D.

Patricia Crouse, Ph.D.
Practitioner in Residence
Department of Public Administration
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Adjunct Professor of Political Science
Department of Human Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Political Science, August 2006
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
Fields: Public Policy, Public Administration, and American Politics

Master of Public Administration, May 1996
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

B.A., Political Science, May 1988, Cum Laude
University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

About Patricia

Dr. Patricia A. Crouse earned a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.

One of Dr. Crouse’s main areas of research interest is elections and electoral behavior, particularly the Electoral College. She recently had an article published in State and Local Government, an edited volume by Kevin B. Smith and Jayme L. Neiman, titled "The National Popular Vote Compact and States’ Rights." This article will be expanded into a forthcoming book project.

Dr. Crouse teaches graduate level courses in the MPA program as well as introductory and upper division political science courses.

Publications

"US Foreign Policy: An Anthology." Cognella. (1st Edition, 2023.)

"The National Popular Vote Compact and States’ Rights" (with Michael Ferguson and Michael French), in Kevin B. Smith and Jayme L. Neiman, Eds., State and Local Government, Washington, DC: Sage Publications/ CQ Press, September 16, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1483374260 ISBN-10: 1483374262

Conference Presentations

"The National Popular Vote Movement: Undermining States’ Rights" presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2014.

"The National Popular Vote Movement: Undermining States’ Rights" presented at the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 2014.

"Engaging Students: A Constructivist Approach to Teaching at a Community College" workshop presented at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Philadelphia, PA, February 2010.

"On the Road with the Math and Writing Center: Tutors as GPS," presented at the International Writing Centers Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 2008.

Invited Talks and Presentations

“President Trump's First 100 Days: A Panel Discussion,” Political Science Speaker Series, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT April 2017.

“The National Popular Vote: Everything You Need to Know,” Political Science Speaker Series, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT March 2017.

“Clean Elections and Financing Campaigns: Connecticut and Nationwide,” Panel Discussion, Political Science Speaker Series, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, October 2016.

"The Changing Youth Ideology and Elections," Political Science Speaker Series, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, April 2015.

"The Electoral College and the Constitution," Northern Virginia Community College Constitution Day Celebration, Woodbridge, VA, September 2008.

"The Living Constitution," Northern Virginia Community College Constitution Day Celebration, Woodbridge, VA, September 2007.

Grants

"Introducing the Math and Writing Center to the YouTube Generation," Northern Virginia Community College, spring 2009, Educational Foundation, Inc. Grant funded for $1,450.

"GeaR Up and Online Tutoring Programs," Northern Virginia Community College, spring 2008, Student Success Proposal funded for $4,000.

"Student Government Association Leadership Retreat Grant," Northern Virginia Community College, spring 2008, Educational Foundation, Inc. Grant funded for $1,200.

"Promoting the Math and Writing Center," Northern Virginia Community College, fall 2008, Student Success Proposal funded for $2,250.

Teaching and Research Interests
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Implementation Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Political Participation and Voting Behavior
  • Citizenship and Civic Engagement
  • State and Local Government and Elections
  • Political Parties and Elections
  • The Supreme Court, Politics, and the Constitution
Courses Taught
  • PSCI 1101: Introduction to Politics (Traditional and Hybrid)
  • PSCI 1121: American Government and Politics (Traditional, Hybrid, & Online)
  • PSCI 1122: State and Local Government (Traditional and Online)
  • PSCI 1123: Comparative Politics
  • PSCI 1125: Introduction to Public Policy
  • PSCI 2222: US Foreign Policy (Traditional and Online)
  • PSCI 2226: Politics and the Media (Traditional and Online)
  • PSCI 2261: Modern Political Analysis
  • PSCI 2262: Investigative Methods
  • PSCI 3331: Theory and the Supreme Court
  • PSCI 3332: Constitutional Law
  • PSCI 4485: DC Power and Politics
  • PSCI 4495: Special Topics: Politics and the Media
  • PSCI 4495: Special Topics: Social Media Politics
  • PSCI 4495: Special Topics: 2016 Primary Elections
  • PSCI 4499: Senior Seminar
  • HUMN 1450: ST: The Pandemic as a Social Mirror
  • UNIV 1141: Life on Earth: Common Course
  • PADM 6637: Grantwriting
  • PADM 6602: Public Policy Formulation and Implementation
  • PADM 6625: Administrative Behavior
Academic Service
  • Academic Advisor, Political Science, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, Mar 21 - Present
  • Faculty Advisor, Political Science Student Ambassadors, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, Aug 2018 – Present
  • Faculty Advisor, College Democrats, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, DEC 2018 - Present
  • Faculty Advisor, Political Science Organization, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT AUG 2014 – DEC 2018
  • Faculty Advisor, Pi Sigma Alpha, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
  • Faculty Advisor, College Democrats, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT OCT 2011 -AUG 2012
  • Faculty Advisor, Student Government Association, Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge, VA, JAN 2008 - MAY 2009
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Achieving the Dream Committee, Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge VA, DEC 2008 - MAY 2009
  • Chair, Adjunct Faculty Advisory Council to the Campus Council, Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge, VA, DEC 2008 - MAY 2009
  • Volunteer Team Member for new student orientation, Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge, VA, AUG 2007 - AUG 2009
Professional Affiliations and Honors
  • Pi Alpha Alpha, The National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honorary Society

In the Media

In the Media

LiveNOW from Fox: Sandra Day O’Connor

Patricia Crouse, a practitioner in residence of political science and public administration, discusses the life and legacy of Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by former president Ronald Reagan.

In the Media

NBC Connecticut: Democratic Election Wins

Patricia Crouse, a practitioner in residence of political science and public administration, discusses key Election Day outcomes and former President Donald Trump not attending the third GOP Presidential debate

In the Media

Fox News CA: Gov. Ron DeSantis visits Bay Area

Patricia Crouse, a practitioner in residence of political science and legal studies, discusses Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s reasons for visiting the State of California as he campaigns to become the Republican presidential nominee.

In the Media

Newsweek: Republicans Threaten Kevin McCarthy's Power

Patricia Crouse, a practitioner in residence of political science and legal studies, comments that the slim Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is not enough to pass a bill on the debt ceiling package and may put Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in jeopardy.

In the Media

Newsweek: MAGA Declares Victory Over CNN

Patricia Crouse, a practitioner in residence of political science and legal studies, comments on the reaction to the town hall forum in New Hampshire featuring former President Donald Trump that was hosted by CNN.

In the Media

The Straits Times: Trump's indictment may energise support for him now but seal his fate in the future

Chris Haynes, Ph.D., and Tricia Crouse, Ph.D., of political science and legal studies, comment on how former President Donald Trump's base of supporters may react to his indictment, explaining that they may give him their full support while other Republican voters could be weary of these allegations. Haynes is an associate professor, and Crouse is a practitioner in residence.

In the Media

News12: Vote 2022

Trish Crouse, a practitioner in residence of political science and legal studies, talks about the results of the Hayes-Logan race in Connecticut's 5th Congressional District.