Dr. C. Damien Arthur, Assistant Professor

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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).

Spring 2018 Office Hours

  • Mondays 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Wednesdays 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Wednesdays 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Also, available over email and/or by appointment

Courses Taught

  • PSC 104 — American National Government and Politics
  • PSC 202 — American State Government and Politics
  • PSC 233 — Intro to Public Policy
  • PSC 301 — Urban Government and Politics
  • PSC 311 — Issues in Public Policy
  • PSC 333 — Intro to Public Administration
  • PSC 383 — The American Executive Process
  • PSC 4/533 — Public Administration and Policy Development
  • PSC 4/552 — Public Personnel Administration
  • PSC 4/554 — Administrative Organization and Behavior
  • PSC 618 — Seminar in Public Administration
  • PSC 621 — Urban Administration
  • PSC 660 — Seminar in Policy Administration

Research Interests

Working with Joshua Woods of West Virginia University, we have nearly completed a book length manuscript on the Immigration Debate after 9/11, which is under review. This book utilizes an appropriate, theoretically informed framework for analyzing the multifaceted immigration debate in the 21st Century. The analysis suggests that multiple factors, including history (the events of 9/11), culture and politics (media representations and political rhetoric), power (political economy), organizations (interest groups), technology (internet-mediated extremism), social psychological processes (media effects), and political change (immigration policies), are required to tell the story of the twenty-first century’s immigration debate—in any other way is to tell it in part.

Using a $4000 Faculty Research and Development grant from West Virginia State University, another book length research endeavor explores how the abuse of children continues to be an issue of conflict between religious communities and state authorities. There are definitions of abuse stipulated by congressional and state law. However, in 30 states, there exist broadly defined statutory exemptions to these legal notions of ‘child abuse.’ The exemptions make it difficult to ascertain what rights parents have, how the state can respond to ‘abuse,’ and determining responsibility. The lack of uniformity between states, Congress, and all interested parties regarding the interpretation of the First Amendment, the 14th Amendment rights of children, and parental due process confounds the situation. I argue that religious sympathies and legal ambiguities enable judges, juries, and prosecutors to be more lenient about sentencing, charges, and convictions when children have been abused. Utilizing each incident of religiously motivated ‘abuse’ and the surrounding contextual elements from a unique quantitative database I constructed, the results suggest the government response to the abuse can be predicted—which offers insight into the affect religion has on the political process. This research utilized the databases at the George R. Farmer, Jr. Law Library at the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, WV.

Using a $5000 Promoting Excellence in Education through Research (PEER) Grant from West Virginia State University’s Research and Development Corporation, one of my book length research endeavors explores Robert C. Byrd’s tenure as Chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee (1989 – 2009) – a position that wielded great power and influence, as it sets national spending and policy priorities. This research utilizes the latent data in the congressional papers of Robert C. Byrd, namely, the legislative sub-series on Appropriations, topical series Line Item Veto 1989 – 2009. The archives at the newly constructed Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University enabled me to study the resources, techniques, and institutional conditions of congressional leadership and the balance of power between the Congress and the Presidency, particularly how Senator Byrd utilized his position to maintain the constitutional power and authority of the Congress in response to the increasing powers and encroachments of the Executive Branch.

Selected Publications

Woods, J. and Arthur, C.D. (2014). “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).

Arthur, C.D. (2014) “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.

Arthur, C.D. and Woods, J. (2013). “The Contextual Presidency: The Negative Shift in Presidential Immigration Rhetoric.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 43(3) (September).