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Arnold Leder

Dr. BanoffOffice:  UAC 363
Phone:  512.245.3263

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., Brooklyn College, City University of New York
M.A., Washington Univ. St Louis
Ph.D., Indiana Univ.

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Arnold Leder is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University. Dr. Leder has also been a Visiting Associate Professor of Government and Middle East Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. He has published materials on Turkish politics in professional journals, including Middle Eastern Studies (London School of Economics), The American Political Science Review, and a monograph with The University of Texas press, Catalysts of Change: Marxist Versus Muslim in a Turkish Community. He has also participated in and chaired professional panels on Turkish and Middle East Politics and a variety of additional subjects and he has presented papers and given invited talks in academic and professional meetings on Turkish politics, the Turkish minority in Germany, and international broadcasting. Dr. Leder serves on the Board of Editors of the national journal The Public Manager. He has served as a reviewer of submitted manuscripts for several academic journals, including Comparative Political Studies and Armed Forces and Society. He has served as both Senior Policy Analyst and Deputy Director for Islamic and Turkic Peoples of the Caucasus, Turkey, and Central Asia for Radio Liberty at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, Germany. Dr. Leder has also held the position of Chief of the Azerbaijani Service of The Voice of America in Washington D. C. Dr. Leder has been an Interpreter and Lecturer on Turkish society, politics, and Islam for the Smithsonian Institution of Washington D. C. and he has participated in a Scholar-Diplomat Seminar on European Affairs and American Foreign Policy at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State. He has also been a Fulbright-Hays Scholar for fieldwork on village politics in Turkey.

Arnold Leder earned a Ph.D. in Political Science and Middle East Studies at Indiana University (Bloomington) where he was appointed Research Fellow at the Indiana University International Development Research Center, an MA in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri) where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow, and a BA w/Honors in Political Science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Dr. Leder's areas of interest are: Middle East Politics, Terrorism, American Foreign Policy, Political Psychology, and The Holocaust. He teaches a variety of courses and he has been responsible for the creation and development of many courses at Texas State University, including The Politics of Extremism (Terrorism)/Political Science 4354 (see: ), The Holocaust/Political Science 4328 (see: ), Politics & Personality (Political Psychology)/Political Science 4335 (see: ), and Islam/Political Science 4313 (see: ). The web syllabi for all of his courses, with many links to resources and scholarly materials for students, may be accessed at .


POSI 1308 Basic Political Ideas
Introduction to the fundamental ideas of the Western political tradition including conservatism, liberalism, socialism, democracy, and totalitarianism. These may include some portion or all of certain politically significant works of such political thinkers as Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Edmund Burke, and others.

POSI 4313 Islamic Law and Politics
This course is a study of the law, origins, development, divisions, and politics of Islam. Special emphasis will be given to law, political thought, history, and the culture of the Middle East. Topics covered include Muslim law and political institutions, the Arab and Persian roles in Islam; the Islamic Community as a political system; major points of the Islamic faith and their political significance and the political and historical significance of Muslim mysticism.

POSI 4314 Revolution and Nationalism
This course examines the phenomena of modern revolution and nationalism focusing on different countries in various geographical areas such as the Middle East, Latin America, and others.

POSI 4315 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Origins and development of the Arab-Israeli conflict: Jewish and Palestinian nationalism; regional, international and religious dimensions; and the changing social and political character of Israel and the Palestinian community.

POSI 4328 The Holocaust
An undergraduate seminar on The Holocaust. Among the topics covered are: efforts to understand The Holocaust; the evolution of anti-Semitism in Germany; ordinary Germans and ordinary Poles and The Holocaust; and representing The Holocaust in fiction, film, and poetry.

POSI 4335 Politics and Personality
An introduction to the relationship between political behavior and human motivation. Topics include psychological perspectives and political theory; personality and political orientation; the political personality, and the politically relevant insights into these areas offered by fiction.

POSI 4345 American Foreign Policy
This course focuses on how foreign policy is made. The major institutions involved in the decision-making process as well as the ideological setting in which they function are examined. Topics studied include the foreign policy roles of Congress, Interest Groups, the State Department and the Secretary of State, the Military Establishment, the Intelligence Community, the Presidency, and Public Opinion. Specific foreign policy decisions will be examined to illustrate the various roles of these institutions in the decision-making process.

POSI 4349 Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Topics in Comparative Politics will address political concepts in specific countries or areas of the world in a comparative context. The course will examine how political ideas and culture, governmental institutions, political parties, interest groups, and external influences affect the area studies.

POSI 4354 The Politics of Extremism
This course is an undergraduate seminar on international terrorism and extremist politics in America.

POSI 4399 Senior Seminar in Political Science
Seminar devoted to intensive reading, research, writing, and discussion focusing on different sub-fields in the discipline taught by appropriate faculty. Students in consultation with faculty in their area of interest should select a particular sub-field seminar in accordance with their needs and professional objectives.

PA 5322 Problems in American Foreign Relations
Seminar based on selected topics in American foreign policy and United States involvement in international relations.