Joseph N. Patten is the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He came to Monmouth University in 2002 after serving as an Associate Professor of Political Science at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, where he received the Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2002 and 1998. Since earning his Ph.D. in Political Science from West Virginia University in 1996, he has taught courses in American Government, American Congress, American Presidency, Ancient and Modern Political Theory, Civil Liberties, Policy Analysis, among other courses, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2009 he received the Distinguished Teaching Award at Monmouth University. Dr. Patten also serves as the adviser to Monmouth University's Policy Debate Team. His primary research interests include the United States Congress and American Politics, and he has published articles in these areas.
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