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Adam Silver is Associate Professor of Political Science at Emmanuel College. He specializes in American political institutions, political parties and organizations, campaign strategies, and electoral politics, social movements, and state and local politics. He has served as a policy analyst and legislative director in the New York State Senate. He received his M.A. in History from SUNY Albany and Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University in 2010.

Ph.D., Boston University; M.A., B.A., State University of New York, Albany

  • Introduction to American Government and Politics
  • American Political Thought
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Campaign Strategies and Electoral Politics
  • Congress, Representation, and the Legislative Process
  • Constitutional Law
  • Federalism through State and Local Government
  • Food Policy and Social Justice
  • Courses in research methods and the senior capstone


  • "Elites and Masses:  The Prevalence of Economic Issues versus Cultural Issues in Nineteenth Century American Party Platforms," American Nineteenth Century History (2019) DOI: 10.1080/14664658.2019.1607025. Published online: April 30, 2019.  
  • "Consensus and Conflict: A Content Analysis of American Party Platforms, 1840-1896," Social Science History, (2018) 42 no. 3: 441-467.  
  • Agitation with a Smile: Howard Zinn's Legacies and the Future of Activism. Co edited with Stephen Bird and Joshua C. Yesnowitz. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2013.

Adam is currently working on a book manuscript on political party development and electoral strategy using the platforms of the parties in nineteenth-century America.    

Research interests include political party platforms and party development in American political history; New York State politics; and the intersection of social movements and music.