Harry "Neil" Strine IV, associate professor of political science

Harry "Neil" Strine IV, associate professor of political science

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Curriculum Vitae

Neil Strine

Harry C. “Neil” Strine IV is an associate professor of political science and director of the BU Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team. He is also the advisor to Pi Kappa Delta, an honorary Speech and Debate Society and co-advises the Bloomsburg University College Republicans. He has been a faculty member at Bloomsburg University since January 2003.

Strine is a native of Bloomsburg and is a 1993 graduate of Bloomsburg University where he earned his B.A. in political science with a career concentration in public administration and a minor in history. As an undergraduate at BU, Strine was active in the Maroon and Gold Marching and Concert bands, the BU Forensics Team, the Political Science Student Association, and the College Republicans.

After graduation from Bloomsburg University in 1993, Strine completed one semester of graduate work in the communication studies M.A. program at Bloomsburg University where he served as the graduate assistant for the Bloomsburg University Forensics Team as the speech and debate coach. Strine later transferred to Ohio University where he earned his M.A. in political science/American government in November, 1994.

Strine worked as an admissions representative at Pennsylvania College of Technology from 1996 through 1999, where he planned and implemented the college’s out-of-state admissions recruitment strategy.

Strine earned his Ph.D. in political science/American politics from Purdue University in December, 2004. His dissertation, entitled, “Stars on Capitol Hill: Explaining Celebrity Appearances in Congressional Committee Hearings” explores the process of how celebrities come to appear in congressional committee hearings, what kinds of celebrities testify, the purpose of their appearance, as well as the content of their testimony. This empirical study examined congressional committee hearings from 1970 through 1999 and finds evidence to suggest members of Congress use these hearings to further their own committee and institutional goals.

Strine has published in the areas of presidential signing statements, lobbying, casework, term limits, and media framing of Supreme Court decisions. He is currently researching incivility in Supreme Court Confirmation hearings with a colleague at Indiana University Kokomo.

Strine teaches Elements of Political Science, U.S. Government, Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, Political Violence, Research in Political Science, President and Congress, the Judicial Process, and the Forensics Practicum at Bloomsburg University.


  • B.A., Bloomsburg University
  • M.A., Ohio University
  • Ph.D., Purdue University

Research Interests

  • Congress and the Presidency
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Political Communication