Chris Arterton

Chris Arterton

Professor, Political Management; Founding Dean of the Graduate School of Political Management
Phone: 202-994-6000



Faculty Programs: Political Management

F. Christopher ”Chris“ Arterton is a Professor of Political Management at The George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM). Before joining the GSPM as its founding Dean in 1987, Dr. Arterton was a professor at Yale University for ten years, teaching in both the Political Science Department and the School of Organization and Management. From 1975 to 1988, Arterton also played an active role at The Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government serving on five faculty study groups during that period. Dr. Arterton is a graduate of Trinity College, he holds an M.A. in International Relations from the American University, and he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from M.I.T. in 1974.

Dr. Arterton’s research, his 20 years of teaching and his considerable experience as a consultant on American public opinion make him an expert on the strategic environment of American political leaders -- an area which encompasses the news media and communications technology generally, political strategy and tactics, public opinion, and ethics and leadership in politics. Dr. Arterton has written four books on these topics; his two most recent are ”The Electronic Commonwealth“ (co-authored with Jeffrey Abramson and Gary Orren) published by Basic Books and Teledemocracy: ”Can Technology Protect Democracy?“ published by Sage Publications.

Chris Arterton is a well known commentator and moderates a series of panel discussions on political issues which are frequently televised by the C-SPAN cable network. From 1979 to 1990, he was a consultant to Newsweek magazine on polling and campaign coverage, and in 1986 and 1987 he consulted the Gallup Organization on opinion surveys. He is currently researching a book blending political leadership and political strategy. B.A., Trinity College; M.A., American University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Other publications written by Dr. Arterton include: “Campaign ’92: Strategies and Tactics of the Candidates,” in Gerald Pomper, ed. The Election of 1992: Reports and Interpretations. Chatham, NJ: Chatham House, forthcoming; “The Persuasive Art in Politics: The Role of Paid Advertising in Presidential Campaigns,” in Mathew D. McCubbins, ed., Under The Watchful Eye: Managing Presidential Campaigns in the Television Era. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1992, pp. 83-126; “Ross Perot and Campaign Technology: The Cowboy of the Computer Age,” Campaign Magazine, VI, 6 (June, 1992);”Political Participation and ‘Teledemocracy’.” PS: Political Science and Politics. XXI, 3 (Summer, 1988), pp. 620-7; The Electronic Commonwealth: The Impact of Media Technologies on Democratic Politics (with Jeffrey Abramson and Gary Orren). New York: Basic Books, 1988; Teledemocracy: Can Technology Protect American Democracy? Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1987; ”Telecommunication Technologies and Political Participation” (with Edward Lazarus, John W. Griffen and Monica Andres). Washington, D.C.: Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies, 1984; Media Politics: The News Strategies of Presidential Campaigns. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books/D.C. Heath, 1984.