Centre College Faculty

Bill Garriott

William C. Garriott, Jr.

• John Marshall Harlan Professor Emeritus of Government

Phone: 859-238-6058
E-mail: william.garriott@centre.edu
Office: Olin Hall—112

Professor Emeritus Bill Garriott taught at Centre College from 1970 until 2010, and has held the Harlan Professorship of Government since 2005. Before his retirement, he was the government program chair and the faculty advisor for Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honorary society. He has served as president of the Kentucky Political Science Association and as president of the faculty.

Garriott taught Introduction to politics and advanced courses in American politics. He is a member of the undergraduate teaching section of the American Political Science Association and has collaborated with fellow Centre professors Dan Stroup and Nayef Samhat on professional papers describing the introductory course sequence in Centre's government program.

A 1966 graduate of Centre, Garriott received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to Centre, he spent a year as a planner in the Tennessee Appalachian Regional Development Program.

Garriott's primary research interest is the interplay of politics and policy in the United States since 1945, particularly the Cold War era. His more specific interests range widely and include post-war American political thought, the political socialization of college students, and administrative politics. His publications and papers include “War Babies, Watergate Babies and Puppies: Three Generations of College Students,” which was based on survey data collected by students in his political parties class. Garriott recently published an article on in the introductory American politics course, and he contributed to The Kentucky Encyclopedia.

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File last updated: 5/9/13