Drake University Professor Dennis Goldford served as The Harkin Institute’s Flansburg Fellow from Jaunuary 2015 until December 2016. In this role, Goldford examined the modern media’s coverage of American politics, changes in media coverage and the implications of those changes for American democratic processes. His work also focused on the Iowa caucuses. Professor Goldford contributed to a caucus website blog, explaining the caucus process and commenting on the “on-the-ground” political environment in Iowa leading up to the caucuses.
Goldford has taught political theory and constitutional law at Drake University since 1985. He received his B.A. in political science and philosophy from the University of Michigan, a Master of Letters (M. Litt.) in philosophy from Oxford University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.
The Flansburg Fellowship honors long-time Des Moines Register political reporter Jim Flansburg, who spent more than four decades working as the newspaper’s chief political writer, columnist and editorial page writer.