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Dr. J. Michael Bitzer

AMERICAN POLITICS: Southern politics, state politics, campaigns and elections, bureaucracy, constitutional law           


THE SOUTH: Southern politics and politicians of the last 100 years.


MichaelBitzer.jpgDr. J. Michael Bitzer
Professor of Politics and History

Contact Info:
Phone: (704) 637-4117          
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  • Ph.D. in political science (American politics; Law and Courts; Public Administration), School of Public and International Affairs, The University of Georgia
  • M.A. in history (Southern political history; U.S. legal history; history of Nazi Germany), Clemson University
  • A.B. in English, Erskine College

A faculty member at Catawba since 2002, Michael Bitzer has taught a variety of courses in American politics, public administration and policy, and law and courts areas. He has also taught courses on leadership and globalization. He has conducted research in Southern politics (focusing on South Carolina and North Carolina politics and elections), U.S. campaigns and elections, state politics, the bureaucracy, and civil rights in the American South.  He serves as a political analyst for several Charlotte-area TV stations, as well as having contributed guest editorials to Charlotte-area newspapers. 

Bitzer can speak to questions from the media regarding elections, campaigns, and historical perspectives of the South (particularly North and South Carolina) and the nation; politicians of the South; issues involving the U.S. Constitution and constitutional law; public administration and the bureaucracy; state and local government affairs; and leadership in political and public life. 

His e-mail address is or visit his homepage.