Richard C. Witmer
Richard C. Witmer

Richard C. Witmer

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

  • Professor

Teaching Activity

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

Biography

Dr. Witmer is the Rev. John P. Schlegel, SJ, Distinguished Professor in Politics and Government in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Creighton University.  His teaching and research interests include American Politics and American Indian Politics, Policy and Law as well as US-Cuba relations. His research, which focuses on the intersection of American Indian politics and policy, intergovernmental relations and American Politics, has been published in numerous political science journals including the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, PS:Political Science and Politics, Politics, Groups and Identities, The Social Science Journal, the Indigenous Policy Journal, Human Rights Review, Politics and Policy, and International Politics.  He has also published articles in Law Journals including The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues, Creighton Law Review and Journal of Environmental Law and
Litigation.  He is co-author of Forced Federalism: Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Nationhood, (with Jeff Corntassel) University of Oklahoma Press, 2008 (paperback 2011).  He has also co-authored Report on the Resolution of Outstanding Property Claims between Cuba and the US (with Patrick Borchers, Michael Kelly, Erika Moreno, and James Wunsch) Creighton University Press 2007. He is also co-editor of The Cuba-US Bilateral Relationship: New Pathways and Policy Choices, (with Erika Moreno and Michael Kelly) Oxford University Press 2019.
 

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