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Brian Waddell

Associate Professor (Political Science)


Office Location

Library Building, Room 322

Mailing Address

University of Connecticut
1800 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Office Hours

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:20am-9:20am or by appointment

Brian Waddell received his PhD in American Politics and Political Theory in 1993 from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He has published numerous articles on the New Deal and World War II, especially regarding the dramatic changes in governance that accompanied the rise of the U.S. national security state. He has also published articles on the disciplinary biases in American political science. He has published three books, the first on the politics and institutional changes of World War II and their impact and legacy. The second book explores civil-military relations during the first half of the twentieth century, and how World War II transformed these relations and led to the national security state. The third is an edited and annotated manuscript, recently discovered, by the nation’s last Secretary of War, Robert Patterson. It has been published by the University of Tennessee Press under the title Arming the Nation for War. He is currently working on a book entitled What American Government Does, an historical review and critical analysis of the twentieth century rise of the various functions and responsibilities of the U.S. national government.


American political development, American political economy, American political thought, the national security state, the American welfare state.