Richard C. Witmer
Richard C. Witmer

Richard C. Witmer

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • American Politics, American Indian Politics, Policy and Law

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Political Science and International Relations

Position

  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • American Politics, Public Policy; American Indian Politics, Policy and Law

Education

  • BA Dickinson College, MA/PhD University of Arizona

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Boehmke, Frederick, Witmer, Richard C. Tribal Political Expenditures in California., The New Politics of Indian Gaming: The Rise of Reservation Interest Groups, 2011

Articles

  • Witmer, Richard C., Johnson, Joshua, Boehmke, Frederick J. American Indian Policy in the States, Social Science Quarterly, 95, 1043-1063, 2014
  • “Promoting Student Learning and Scholarship through Undergraduate Research Journals.” Co-authored with Mack Mariani, Fiona Buckley and T. Reidy., PS: Political Science and Politics, 46, 4, 830-5, 2013
  • “Indian Nations as Interest Groups: Tribal Motivations for Contributions to U.S. Senators”. Coauthored with Frederick Boehmke., Political Research Quarterly, 65, 1, 179-91, 2012
  • Boehmke, Frederick J., Branton, Regina P., Dillingham, Gavin, Witmer, Richard C. Close Enough for Comfort? The Spatial Structure of Interest and Information in Ballot Measure Elections, Journal of Politics, 74, 827-1839, 2012
  • Boehmke, Frederick J., Witmer, Richard Indian Nations as Interest Groups: Tribal Motivations for Contributions to U.S. Senators, Political Research Quarterly, 65, 179-191, 2012
  • Witmer, R. C., Grieser, A., Jaques, P. Reconsidering religion policy as violence: Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Association, Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Minority Issues, 10, 373-395, 2008
  • Borchers, Patrick J., Kelly, Michael J., Moreno, Erika, Witmer, Richard C., Wunsch, James S., Pearlstein, Arthur Executive summary: Report on the resolution of outstanding property claims between Cuba & the United States, Creighton Law Review, 41, 207-218, 2008
  • Witmer, Richard C., Moreno, Erika, Borchers, Patrick J., Kelly, Michael J. A proposed property claims settlement mechanism for the United States and Cuba, Cuban Affairs, 2, 11-Jan, 2007
  • Witmer, Richard C., Boehmke, Frederick J. American Indian political incorporation in the post-Indian Gaming Regulatory Act era, Social Science Journal, 44, 127-145, 2007

Publications

  • “Close Enough for Comfort? The Spatial Structure of Interest and Information in Ballot Measure Elections.” Co-authored with Frederick Boehmke, Gina Branton and Gavin Dillingham., Journal of Politics, 74, 3, 827-41, 2012

Editing and Reviews

  • Witmer, Richard C. Dammed Indians Revisited, Chronicles of Oklahoma, 89, 2011

Presentations

  • “Comparing American Indian Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Programs and Indian Health Service Compacts: Tribal Culture and Capacity in the Self-Determination Era.” American Political Science Association Meeting, Washington, DC, August 28-31, 2014., 2014
  • “American Indian Self-Governance: Tribal Agreements with the Indian Health Service.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2-6, 2014., 2014
  • “Self-Determination, Self-Governance and the Challenges of Federal Oversight.” Mid-America American Studies Association Conference, February 28-March 1, 2014, with Margaret O’Connor (Creighton Student)., 2014
  • Research Presentation. January 30, 2014 at Bucknell University Public Policy Institute, “American Indian Self-Governance: Tribal Agreements with the Indian Health Service”., 2014
  • “American Indian Policy and State Institution Creation.” American Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 29-September 1, 2013, with Joshua Johnson., 2013
  • “The Impact of Spatial Exposure on Turnout in Ballot Elections.” State Politics and Policy Conference, Iowa City, IA, May 24-25, 2013, with Fred Boehmke and Gina Branton., 2013
  • “Symbolic Politics or Substantive Policy? American Indian Legislation in the States.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2013, with Fred Boehmke and Josh Johnson., 2013
  • "Adaptive Incorporation: American Indian Political Behavior in the Forced Federalism Era." American Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, September, 2012., 2012
  • "American Indian Adaptive Incorporation.” Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, April, 2012., 2012
  • Research Presentation. January 23, 2012 at University of New Mexico School of Public Policy, “American Indian Policy in the American States”., 2012

Awards and Honors

  • Political Science Professor of the Year, Political Science Majors of Creighton University, 2014