C. Damien Arthur, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Distinguished Scholar and Director
739G Smith Hall


Dr. Arthur received his Ph.D. in Political Science from West Virginia University (WVU) in 2013. Before coming to Marshall in 2014, he served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at West Virginia State University (WVSU). Recently, he was appointed to the endowed position of Distinguished Scholar and Director of The Center for Consumer Law and Education (CCLE).

Damien is currently writing the definitive political biography of Senator Robert C. Byrd, contracted with Oxford University Press. The writing of this book has been, appreciatively, funded and supported by multiple organizations. This manuscript tells the story of Robert C. Byrd, a distinguished senior Senator from West Virginia. Byrd was the longest serving Senator in American history, he cast more votes than any other member, reaching 18,689 in 2010. He was elected Senate Majority Leader on two separate occasions and Minority Leader from 1981 – 1987. He served as President Pro tempore of the Senate. Lastly, he served as Chairman and Ranking Member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee on four separate occasions, for a total of 20 years, 1989 – 2009. Byrd’s journey from the hills of West Virginia to the halls of the Senate was long and wrought with changes, changes to the world, to the Senate, and to Byrd himself, from 1917 to 2010.

Center for Consumer Law and Education
Master of Public Administration
Ph.D. Political Science & Public Policy (West Virginia University)
M.A. American Public Policy (West Virginia University)
M.P.A. Public Administration (West Virginia University)
M.T.S. Theological Studies (Boston University)
B.A. Theological Studies (Gordon College)

Fundamentally, I see teaching as a public service, an obligation to further the progression of humanity on an individual and collective level. I embrace teaching as an opportunity to inspire my students to adopt learning as a life-long passion and to empower my students with the knowledge and wisdom they need to foster personal growth and responsibility. I am committed to aiding students as they cultivate a positive experience with higher education. I want to demonstrate for them, as my professors did for me, how education can be an illuminating force in life. I feel led to impart this same love of learning, this same opportunity for advancement and elucidation, to the next generation of students.

Pickens-Queen Teacher Award for Teaching Excellence
“Debating Immigration in the Age of Terrorism, Polarization, & Trump” Lexington Books. Lanham, MD - an Imprint of Rowman and Littlefield (September 2017) - With Joshua Woods
“Economic Actors, Economic Behaviors, and Presidential Leadership: The Constrained Effects of Rhetoric.” Lexington Studies in Political Communication. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books - an Imprint of Rowman and Littlefield (August 2014)
“President Bush and Immigration Policy Rhetoric: The Effects of Negativity on the Political Landscape at the State Level” White House Studies, Volume 14, Issue 1 - With Joshua Woods
“The Threat of Terrorism and the Changing Public Discourse in Immigration after September 11” Sociological Spectrum Volume 34, Issue 5, pp. 421 - 441 (September/October) -- With Joshua Woods
“The Contextual Presidency: The Negative Shift in Presidential Immigration Rhetoric” - Presidential Studies Quarterly 43(3) (September 2013) -- With Joshua Woods
2019 “A HIP Simulation Game: Criminal Justice Reform in the Policy Process.” Panel: Teaching Political Science: Using Simulations in the Classroom — American Political Science Association — (Washington, DC)
2019 “Concupiscence and Sanctification in Pop Culture: a Christological Hermeneutic of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey” with Joni Magnusson — Pop Culture Association National Conference — (Washington, DC)
2016 “Senator Robert C. Byrd’s Servant Leadership on the Appropriations Committee, 1989 – 2009 — Midwest Public Affairs Conference — (Columbus, OH)
Curriculum Revision Subcommittee