Walt Jatkowski joined the Government Department as a Visiting Assistant Professor in August of 2013. Dr. Jatkowski earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma in December of 2012. He also has received an M.A. in political science from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. in political science from Bradley University.
Dr. Jatkowski’s current research interests include the politics of congressional hearing witness selection particularly in highly technical policy areas like climate change and biotechnology, the factors affecting the enactment of treaty implementation legislation, and the effects of congressional retirements on partisan seat retention in congressional elections. His research has appeared in Legislative Studies Quarterly.
During his time at St. Lawrence, Dr. Jatkowski will be teaching introductory courses in American politics and upper level course on public policy and the U.S. Congress. Previously, he taught courses in American politics and public policy at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, and Seminole State College. As a participant in the 2009-2010 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program, he also had the opportunity to work as a staff member for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.