Max Skidmore

Professor Emeritus

Office: 303D Manheim Hall
Ph: 816-235-2535


Dr. Max J. Skidmore is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and Thomas Jefferson Fellow. He has been Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer to India, and Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong. He specializes in presidential politics, political ideologies, American political thought, and the politics of Social Security, Medicare, and health delivery in general. He is founding editor of the international peer-reviewed quarterly journal, Poverty and Public Policy. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters, and over two dozen books. The most recent of these are: Presidents, Politics, and Pandemics (Palgrave, 2016); Poverty in America (Westphalia, 2015); Maligned Presidents: The Late 19th Century (Palgrave, 2014); Bulwarks Against Poverty in America: Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act (Westphalia, 2014); Securing America’s Future: A Bold Plan to Preserve and Expand Social Security (Rowman and Littlefield 2008); Moose Crossing: Portland to Portland on the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway (Hamilton, 2007); Politics and Language (Cambridge Scholars, 2007—with Andrew Cline); After the White House: Former Presidents as Private Citizens (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004); Presidential Performance: A Comprehensive Review (MacFarland 2004); Social Security and its Enemies (Westview, 1999); and Legacy to the World: A Study of America’s Political Ideas (Peter Lang, 2008).


Pol-Sci 343/5570: Politics of Social Security
Pol-Sci 403/5575: Political Ideology
Pol-Sci 406/5522: The Presidency
Pol-Sci 427: Presidential Power: foundations, Growth, Issues
Pol-Sci 442/5541: American Political Thought
Pol-Sci 5501: Seminar in American Government

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1964
M.Ed., University of Missouri, 1956
B.S., BSED, Missouri State, 1956