Dr. Stan Luger is a professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs
He came to UNC in 1990 after receiving his M.A. in Political Economy from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Before coming to UNC Prof. Luger taught at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. His areas of special interest include, political economy, business-government relations, public policy, and environmental politics.
Prof. Luger is the author of Corporate Power, American Democracy, and the Automobile Industry (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000). The book won the Michael Harrington Award bestowed by the American Political Science Association’s organized section New Political Science for the best book published in 2000. He has published articles in a variety of journals including the Journal of Policy History, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Environmental History Review, and PS: Political Science and Politics. He has been an editorial consultant for the Social Sciences Research Counsel and is currently working on a book with Brian Waddell that examines the strengths and weaknesses of the American State.
Prof. Luger teaches a wide range of course and in addition to his Political Science courses he teaches courses in Environmental Studies and the Life of the Mind program. (See below for recent versions of his courses.) His teaching has been recognized with numerous awards including the Mortar Board teaching award (1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2010), the Favorite Professor Lunch Guest (1997) and the Delta Zeta’s Outstanding Professor Award (2007). He co-founded the department’s Institute for Civic Education and continues to teach the summer AP Institute in government. He also serves as the department’s coordinator for the Honors Program.
Prof. Luger has been actively involved as a citizen of the campus and has served on numerous committees, task forces and boards and has chaired the Faculty Senate and the Senate’s Welfare Committee. Off campus, he has testified before both houses of the Colorado State Legislature.
Before beginning his graduate studies he worked for three seasons as a seasonal forest fire fighter for the U.S. Forest Service in the Olympic National Forest, near Forks, Washington. A native New Yorker, Professor Luger denies that he was ever Mr. Met, although he does still follow the team.
Here are some recent syllabi of courses that I teach.