Michael A. Armato, Ph.D.

Michael A. Armato, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science
marmato@albright.edu
Roessner 226
610-929-6622

Ph.D. :  University at Albany, State University of New York
M.A.  :  University at Albany, State University of New York
B.A.   :  Wagner College


Biography

Michael Armato, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science, received both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University at Albany, SUNY, and a B.A. in public policy and administration from Wagner College. During his years as an undergraduate, he developed his passion for the liberal arts.

Michael brings a great deal of practical experience to the classroom, having served as an elected political party district leader from 2006 to 2007 in the former 63rd Assembly District of New York. Additionally, he also has a diverse career in state government and the nonprofit sector that helps him in both his scholarly and teaching endeavors.

Michael is currently engaged in a book-length project studying progressive political elites and progressive identity in New York’s Hudson Valley. The work is under contract with State University of New York Press.

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban Politics & Policy
  • Political Science Pedagogy
  • State & Local Politics
  • Civic Engagement

Areas of Research

 

Publications:

Armato, Michael A. 2018. “Money and the 2012 Elections.” in Shultz, David (ed). Money in American Politics: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

 

Armato, Michael A. & Sally Friedman. 2015. “The Civically Oriented Activities of Big City Mayors: The View from Website Press Releases.” in Rogers, Michael T. & Donald Gooch (eds). Civic  Education in the 21st Century: A Multidimensional Inquiry. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

 

Research Under Contract:

Armato, Michael A. Progressives on the Hudson: Their Impact on New York State Politics and Policymaking.  Under Contract with State University of New York Press.

 

Academic Conference Presentations (Select List):

Armato, Michael A. “Progressives in the Hudson Valley: A First Look.”

Presented at the New York State Political Science Association Meeting, April 2019.

 

Newfeld, Daria and Michael A. Armato. “Is it Ethical for the President to Tweet? A

Classroom Exercise in Ethics Education for Business and Political Science Courses.”

Presented at the New York State Political Science Association Meeting, April 2018.

 

Armato, Michael A. “Incorporating Policy Memoranda in the Undergraduate Classroom.”

Presented at the New York State Political Science Association Meeting, April 2017.

 

Armato, Michael A. & Sally Friedman. “The Civically Oriented Activities of Big City Mayors:

the View from Website Press Releases.” Poster presented at the 2014 American Political

Science Association Annual Meeting.

 

Armato, Michael A. “Assessing Electoral Competition: A First Look at the Influences of

Partisan Voter Index Scores and Fluctuating Election Margins on the Home Styles of U.S.

Representatives.” Presented at the New York State Political Science Association Meeting,

April 2012.

 

Armato, Michael A. “Rebels Without A Cause: Explaining New York State Independence

Party Endorsements During the 2006 State Legislative Elections.” Presented at the New

York State Political Science Association Meeting, April 2008.

 

Academic Works in Progress:

Armato, Michael A. “Incorporating Policy Memoranda in the Undergraduate Classroom.”

Under revision for teaching and learning journal submission.

 

 

Courses Taught

POL101 – American Government

POL210 – U.S. Congress

POL212 – U.S. Presidency

POL214-  Public Policy

POL218 – Public Administration

POL220 – Urban Politics

POL240 – Public Opinion and American Democracy

POL340 – Participation and Ideology

POL440 – Power and Seminal Readings in the American Polity

FYS100 – Community Politics in the Keystone State

 

Professional Activities

Section Chair for State and Local Politics – New York State Political Science Association (2019-Present)

Section Chair for American Politics – New York State Political Science Association (2016-2019)

Awards and Grants

Dr. Henry P. and M. Paige Laughlin Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching – 2019