Craig A RimmermanEmeritus Professor of Public Policy Studies

Joined faculty in 1986

Ph.D., Ohio State
M.A., Ohio State
B.A., Miami

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Contact Information

Gulick HallPhone (315) 781-3435

Scholarly Interest

The lesbian and gay movements and public policy and students and politics.  I am also interested in various approaches to teaching critical education for citizenship.

Teaching Experience

Hobart and William Smith Colleges--1986-present

College of Charleston--1984-1986

The Ohio State University--1982-1984


My most recent publications focus on the lesbian and gay movements and public policy; the New Citizenship, and service-learning and the liberal arts.

Courses Taught

1) Democracy and Public Policy (PPOL 101)

2) Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy (PPOL 219)

3) Environmental Policy (PPOL 328)

4) Social Policy and Community Activism (PPOL 364)

5) Democratic Theory (first year seminar--FSEM 124)


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Consulting Editor, Dilemmas in American Politics series, Westview Press


My most important contribution to the world has been the honor and privilege of teaching thousands of students since I arrived at HWS in the fall of 1986.  I have so enjoyed offering different and competing perspectives on the American political system and the policy process, with the end goal of fostering a critical education for citizenship perspective among my students within the context of a liberal arts setting.  I have endeavored to achieve the same goal in all of my scholarly work as well.


My main service project has been editing a book on service-learning and the liberal arts, one that features chapters by HWS faculty and administrators, who reflect on service-learning critically.