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 300 students in his role as faculty liaison to CUNY’s Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs.  He has held many faculty governance positions and served two terms as a member of the faculty union’s delegate assembly. Flanagan won the College’s award for outstanding service contribution in 2009.  He was elected chair of the Department of Political Science and Global Affairs in 2013.


PhD, Rutgers University

BA, cum laude, Drew University

Scholarship / Publications

Richard Flanagan is author of "Mayors and the Challenge of Urban Leadership"(2004), “Staten Island: Conservative Bastion in a Liberal City” [with Dan Kramer] (2012) and “Robert Wagner and the Rise of New York City’s Plebiscitary Mayoralty: The Tamer of Tammany Hall,” forthcoming. His next book, “The Fight for City Hall: The 2013 Mayoral Election and the Future of New York City,” chronicles the state of the city at the end of the Bloomberg era.

Flanagan is principal investigator of the Staten Island Social Capital Community Benchmark Study (2006), the first comprehensive study of social behavior in the borough using survey research techniques. He is working with college colleagues on projects related to the recovery from Super Storm Sandy.

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 organizations as the New York Times, the Staten Island Advance, NY1 and WNYC.

Last Updated: 09.22.2015