Max Skidmore

Max Skidmore
Professor Emeritus
Humanities and Social Sciences

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Presidential politics, political ideologies, American political thought and the politics of Social Security, Medicare and health delivery


Dr. Max J. Skidmore is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He was the Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Thomas Jefferson Fellow. He has been a Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer to India and Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong.

He is founding editor of the international peer-reviewed quarterly journal Poverty and Public Policy. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters and over two dozen books. The most recent of these are: Presidents, Politics, and Pandemics (Palgrave, 2016); Poverty in America (Westphalia, 2015); Maligned Presidents: The Late 19th Century (Palgrave, 2014); Bulwarks Against Poverty in America: Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act (Westphalia, 2014); Securing America’s Future: A Bold Plan to Preserve and Expand Social Security (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008); Moose Crossing: Portland to Portland on the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway (Hamilton, 2007); Politics and Language (Cambridge Scholars, 2007—with Andrew Cline); After the White House: Former Presidents as Private Citizens (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004); Presidential Performance: A Comprehensive Review (MacFarland, 2004); Social Security and its Enemies (Westview, 1999); and Legacy to the World: A Study of America’s Political Ideas (Peter Lang, 2008).

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1964
M.Ed., University of Missouri, 1956
B.S., BSED, Missouri State, 1956