About Me

Dr. E. Fletcher McClellan is Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College.  A member of the Elizabethtown faculty for over 30 years, he served in many leadership roles at the College, including Dean of Faculty from 2010 to 2016, Interim Provost on two occasions, and department chair. He was a lecturer in political studies at the Queens University Bader International Study Centre in East Sussex, England in fall 1999, and an American studies lecturer at the Dalian University of Foreign Languages, Liaoning Province, China in spring 2008.  He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Dr. McClellan teaches the senior capstone in political science and legal studies, as well as courses in American government, public policy, and public administration.  He has presented dozens of papers at professional conferences in such areas as the American presidency, politics and film, and teaching and learning in political science.  His recent publications include a 2016 article on outcomes assessment for PS: Political Science & Politics and a chapter on curriculum models in undergraduate political science for the Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations (2015). Co-authored with Drs. Kyle Kopko and Christopher Devine and two Elizabethtown students, his article on the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the New England Journal of Political Science was featured December 2015 in the New York Times and November 2016 in the Washington Post.

In addition, Dr. McClellan is actively involved with the Political Science Education section of the American Political Science Association, serving as a member of the PSE executive council from 2010 to 2014.  He conducts external reviews for political science programs in the Northeast.  Moreover, he offers commentary on current politics for area media outlets, including WITF-FM, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, PennLive.com, and LancasterOnline.