Oberlin College recognizes its faculty members with emeritus status who have provided distinguished service to their academic department during their tenure.

The following professors from the Department of Politics have retired from Oberlin College, although some continue to do research, write, and maintain connected to the department.

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Professor of Politics Paul Dawson received a BA, MA, and PhD in political science from Michigan State University. His chief interest is in policy analysis, focusing on how leaders accumulate the “political capital” to be effective, and how students can learn to become such leaders. He has published a textbook on American politics and policy.

He taught a First-Year Seminar on political leadership and various courses on American government especially public policy, electioneering, and the presidency.

He received a Distinguished Teaching Award from Oberlin College in 2005.