Associate Professor of Political Science, Department Chair and Coordinator of the
Political Science major and minor programs.
Dr. Battista earned his B. A. from Miami University (Ohio) and his M.A. and Ph.D.
(1984) Pennsylvania State University. His teaching areas include American national
government and politics, political parties, interest groups, public policy, and American
political development (twentieth century). He has published several articles in professional
journals on the role of organized labor in American politics, and his book, The Revival
of Labor Liberalism, was published in the Fall of 2007 by the University of Illinois
Press. His current research focuses on the evolution of American liberalism over the
course of the twentieth century. Dr. Battista serves as the Political Science Department's
Co-Director of the Legislative Internship Program with the Tennessee General Assembly.