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Lauri McNown

Discipline: Political Science

Lauri McNown is a Senior Instructor of Political Science at the University of Colorado at
Boulder where she also received her Ph.D. She is the recipient a major teaching award
at the University. Her main academic interests lie in the powers of the presidency
as it exists within the system of separation of powers and Constitutional principles.
This study blends historical analysis, theory, and contemporary applications involving
the evolution of presidential powers, war powers, presidential elections, and foreign
policy. Her publications include analyses of The Reagan Presidency and Vice President
Biden’s political biography. Dr. McNown has taught both in the Political Science
Department and the Honors Program at the University of Colorado. For nine years she
was the director of the Kittredge Honors Program, a residential academic program at
the University. She has also taught at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, for
the Ministry of Culture in Beijing, China, and has taught on two voyages on Semester-
at-Sea, once as the director of the Core Course. During the academic year 2006-2007
she and her husband, Robert, lived in Hanoi, Vietnam for five months followed by a four
month lecture tour to Universities in Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Namibia, Egypt, and