Diane J. Heith

Professor
Government and Politics
Ph.D., Brown University

Diane J. Heith is Professor and Chair of Government and Politics. She is the author of several works on the presidency, public opinion, campaigns and elections, and the media including, The Presidential Road Show: Public Leadership in an Era of Party Polarization and Media Fragmentation (2013), and Polling to Govern: Public Opinion and Presidential Leadership (2004). She is co-author of 2016 Presidential Election Guide (2016) and Presidents and the American Presidency (2012), and co-editor of In the Public Domain: Presidents and the Challenges of Public Leadership (2005). Her work has appeared in The New York TimesPublic Opinion Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, The Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, White House Studies, and Congress and the Presidency

Undergraduate Courses

  • American National Government
  • Honors American National Government
  • Congress: Politics and Policy
  • The American Presidency
  • Public Opinion and Politics
  • Seminar in American Politics
  • Campaigns and Elections

Graduate Courses

  • Congress
  • Media and Politics
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Presidency
  • Campaigns and Elections

Books

2016 Presidential Election Guide. (Original and Update) New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Co-authored with Lori Cox Han.

The Presidential Road Show: Public Leadership in an Era of Party Polarization and Media Fragmentation. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2013.

Presidents and the American Presidency. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Co-authored with Lori Cox Han.

In the Public Domain: Presidents and the Challenge of Public Leadership. Albany: State University of New York Press, SUNY Series on the Presidency: Contemporary Issues, 2005. Co-Edited with Lori Cox Han.  

Polling to Govern: Public Opinion and Presidential Leadership. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004.

Refereed Articles

“Reaching Women: Soft Media in the 2004 Presidential Election Cycle.” Journal of Women, Politics and Policy 31: 1, 22, 2010.

"One for All: Using Focus Groups and Opinion Polls in the George H. W. Bush White House." Congress and the Presidency 30, no. 1 (2003): 81-94.

"Footwear, Lipstick and an Orthodox Sabbath: Media Coverage of Non Traditional Candidates." White House Studies 1, no. 3 (2001): 335-47.

"Polling for a Defense: The White House Public Opinion Apparatus and the Clinton Impeachment." Presidential Studies Quarterly 30, no. 4 (2000): 783-90.

"Staffing the White House Public Opinion Apparatus: 1969-1988." Public Opinion Quarterly 62 (1998): 165-89.

"Harry and Louise Go to Washington: Political Advertising and Health Care Reform." The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 21 (1996): 35-68. Co-authored with Darrell M. West and Chris Goodwin.

Book Chapters and Articles

“Politicians Use Polls to Adjust Their Message,” Room for Debate, The New York Times, November 30, 2015

“Evaluating Presidential Leadership Styles in Campaigning and Governing,” in The Handbook of Research on Institutional Language, edited by Roderick Hart. IGA-Global: New York, 2014.

“Obama and the Public Presidency: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” In The Barack Obama Presidency: Appraisals and Prospects, edited by Colin Campbell, Bert A Rockman and Andrew Rudalevige. CQ Press: Washington D.C., 2011.

“Public Opinion and the Presidency” In New Directions in the American Presidency, edited by Lori Cox Han. New York: Routledge Press, 2011.

“The Virtual Primary Campaign: Connecting With Constituents in a Multimedia Age,” for the Conference volume arising out of the symposium, The 2008 Road to the White House and Beyond edited by Meena Bose, College Station: Texas A and M Press, 2011.

"The White House Public Opinion Apparatus Meets the Anti-Polling President." In In the Public Domain: Presidents and the Challenge of Public Leadership, edited by Lori Cox Han and Diane J. Heith. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005.

Invited Discussant, “Dispatches From (a)mended America,” A production of the EPIC Theater Ensemble, Performed at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, New York, October 26, 2012.