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Meet Our Professors: Douglas Bennett, Political Science

Posted: July 19, 2019 | Author: Kaylene Linford | Read Time: 1 minutes

 Douglas Bennett

Douglas Bennett has always wanted to practice or teach politics, and luckily for him, he's been able to do both. Bennet served as Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a partner at two Washington D.C. lobbying firms, and retired as Vice President for Federal and International Affairs for Liberty Mutual Company.

Now as a professor of political science at Southern Utah University, Bennet shares his first-hand knowledge of politics and government and how they affect us all. He also works closely with students and faculty as the chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at SUU.

Growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah, Bennett earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Utah. He then pursued his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah.
Bennett feels the most important aspect of politics is understanding the ideologies and institutions that inform and comprise governments. His favorite thing to teach about politics is introducing his student to the Constitution of the United States.

Bennett teaches the following classes at SUU:

  • POLS 1100 American National Government
  • POLS 3130 American Legislative Process & Behavior

“I find that students become involved in politics as they become aware of the role government and politics play in their lives,” said Bennett. “It's a great privilege to stimulate student interest and involvement in the hope that their generation will do a better job of governing than mine. Successful self-government depends on an informed and engaged citizenry.”

Bennett loves SUU because of the wonderful people he has met. To him, the students, faculty and staff have been welcoming and gracious, and he couldn’t ask for more.

Learn more about the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at SUU.


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