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Letters and Science Fellows in Engagement Lecture

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Plant Biosciences Building, Room 108

David C.W. Parker is an associate professor of political science at Montana State University. He is the author of The Power of Money in Congressional Campaigns, 1880-2006 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press), as well as articles on the consequences of divided government and how members of Congress employ their office expenditures to build reputations with constituents. His article, "Making a Good Impression: Resource Allocations, Home Styles, and Washington Work," won the 2010 Alan Rosenthal Award from the American Political Science Association.

Professor Parker is currently writing two books on Senate campaigns, with one ("Battle for the Big Sky") focusing on the 2012 Montana Senate race between Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Denny Rehberg.

His public outreach is extensive, including frequent media commentary for local, state and national news outlets, a blog entitled Big Sky Political Analysis ( and regular speaking appearances.

To recognize and celebrate the upcoming Year of Engaged Leadership the College of Letters and Science has established the Fellows in Engagement program. This one-time, AY 2013-14 program recognizes those in the college whose work includes a strong component of engagement with the communities served by MSU. Tenure-track faculty, non-tenure track faculty and staff were eligible for these fellowships.