Presidential studies scholar and political science Professor Meena Bose has been appointed executive dean of the program in Public Policy and Public Service at the new Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs.
Dr. Bose, who is also director of the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency and holds the Kalikow endowed chair in presidential studies, will begin her new position on February 1.
In her new role, Dr. Bose will develop and oversee the Kalikow School’s new interdisciplinary degree in public policy and public service. She will also teach in the program.
The planned BA in Public Policy and Public Service is designed to prepare students for careers in government, non-government organizations, think-tanks, advocacy groups. It will provide a grounding in theory and methodology, as well as opportunities for fieldwork. Students will be encouraged to develop an individualized program based on their own interests.
The Kalikow School, established in Fall 2015, incorporates eight academic departments, several interdisciplinary programs and two academic centers.
“All those who have worked with Meena in the past have been impressed by her work ethic, creativity and collaborative administrative style,” said Bernard Firestone, dean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, of which the Kalikow School is part. “She has the right blend of consensus-building skills and strong leadership qualities, as well as a deep understanding and commitment to the mission of this new program.”
Dr. Bose earned her PhD at Princeton University and started her academic career at Hofstra in 1996, when she was appointed as Assistant Professor of Political Science. After a six-year hiatus as a member of the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point (2000-2006), she returned to Hofstra to become the Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies. As the Kalikow Chair, Dr. Bose has taught courses in political science and the American presidency. She is lead author for the widely used textbook, American Government: Institutions and Policies, which is in its fifteenth edition, and has been invited to serve as third author for a major textbook, The Paradoxes of the American Presidency.
Since 2007, she has served as director of the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency. In 2015, she was director of Hofstra’s 12th presidential conference, on the administration of George W. Bush.
“I am excited and honored to serve as executive dean for the Kalikow School and to put our new Public Policy and Public Service major into practice,” Bose said. “The academic and professional opportunities that we seek to develop for the program promise to be highly significant scholarly resources for students and faculty alike.”