Political Science 104: American Government and Politics
Political Science 105: State and Local Politics
Political Science 120: The Politics of Crime and Punishment
Political Science 175: International Politics
Political Science 201: Introduction to Political Theory
Political Science 210: Civil Liberties
Eric currently serves as the chair of the UW Colleges Political Science Department. His areas of expertise are American politics, judicial politics, public law, political theory, and the politics of popular culture. Eric has appeared on CNN and Wisconsin Public Television, and he has been interviewed by The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Minnesota Public Radio. Before coming to UW-Barron County, Eric was previously employed as a teaching assistant, lecturer, and adjunct professor at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison, and UW-Milwaukee.
Eric is a former member of the Rice Lake City Council and has served as the Rice Lake Municipal Judge since 2010. He is also an attorney and a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association. Since 2012, he has served as the president of the Friends of the Rice Lake Public Library.
Eric lives in Rice Lake with his wife Julie, and their children, Madison and Jackson. His hobbies include playing chess, and cheering for the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers.
Impartial Justice: The Real Supreme Court Cases that Define the Constitutional Right to a Neutral and Detached Decisionmaker. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2013).
“Keep Your Friends Close But Your Enemies Closer: Machiavelli and Michael Corleone,” book chapter in Homer Simpson and the Promise of Politics: Popular Culture as Political Theory, Joseph J. Foy and Timothy M. Dale, eds. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky (2013): 45-59.
Don’t Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2012) (with Benjamin S. Schoening).
“The Influence of Magna Carta in Limiting Executive Power in the War on Terror,” Political Science Quarterly 126:4 (Winter 2011-12): 547-78.
To Secure the Liberty of the People: James Madison’s Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court’s Interpretation. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press (2010).
“Barron County Restorative Justice: The Role One Program Played in Reducing Juvenile Crime and Restoring Lives,” Protecting Children 24:4 (2009): 5-19 (with Mary Hoeft).
“The Right to Learn and Teach Foreign Languages,” The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press (2008): 473-74.