Political Science, Economics and Philosophy
: Building 2N
BA, Drew University
PhD, Rutgers University
Biography / Academic Interests
Richard Flanagan joined the College in 1999 after working for several years as a teacher and curriculum developer at a not-for-profit that prepared students from historically underrepresented groups for opportunities in higher education. He teaches courses in American politics, public policy and urban studies. Dr. Flanagan has supervised over 250 students in his role as faculty liaison to CUNY’s Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs. He has been active in the administration of CSI’s Center for the Study of Staten Island and has served as acting chair of his academic department. He co-chaired the Committee on Academic Priorities and has served on the Institutional Planning Committee and the board of the CSI Association. Professor Flanagan is a campus delegate to the Professional Staff Congress, the collective bargaining unit for faculty and staff and an important defender of public higher education in New York. He won the College’s Faculty Service Award in 2009, the Student Government Association’s commendation for service in 2002, and was the faculty speaker at the 2009 College Commencement. Dr. Flanagan has lectured in American government and politics for the Fusion Arts Exchange program run by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Scholarship / Publications
Dr. Flanagan is author of "Mayors and the Challenge of Urban Leadership" (2004) and is principal investigator of the Staten Island Social Capital Community Benchmark Study, the first comprehensive study of social behavior in the borough using survey research techniques. He is the co-author of the forthcoming "Staten Island Politics: Conservative Bastion in a Liberal City". His current research examines the relationship between the mayoralty, the bureaucracy and neighborhood groups in New York since 1961.
Dr. Flanagan is committed to public scholarship, reaching an audience outside of the academy. He has served as program chair of five public policy conferences about Staten Island public affairs, including the academic conference that honored the service of New York State senator John Marchi in 2006. He has worked with local organizations to improve the borough’s capacity to solve public policy challenges. Professor Flanagan is a frequent commentator about politics for such news outlets as the New York Times, the Staten Island Advance, NY1, WNYC and City Hall News. He also hosts the public affairs program, Headlines and History, which airs on Staten Island Cable Television and CUNY TV.