Zach Messitte

Zach Messitte

President, Professor of Politics and Government

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Office: Carnegie

  • Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest

Basic Information


  • Ph.D., Politics, New York University
  • M.A., American Foreign Policy and International Economics, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • B.A., American History and Italian language, Bowdoin College

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to International Relations
  •  The Politics and Economics of Higher Education
  • Old Italy, New Italy (In Focus)
  • American Foreign Policy and Film

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Awards & Honors

  • National Public Radio News Director’s Award, Division C, Second Place, KGOU Radio: World Views, “Remembering Anthony Shadid,” June 2013
  • Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Second Place, for Radio Special Projects, “World Views: Banning Sharia and International Law in Oklahoma,” April 2012
  • White Buffalo Mask Award for Outstanding Service and Contributions to the Mission of the University Oklahoma’s School of Drama, May 2010
  • Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, First Place, for Radio Interview/Talk Show Program, “International Roundtable,” April 2010
  • The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Student Government’s Student Life Award, 2005-2006
  • The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Student Government’s Faculty Service Award, 2004-2005


Recent Articles:

Recent Scholarly Work:

  • Holden, Charles J., Zach P. Messitte and Jerald E. Podair. Republican Populist: Spiro Agnew and the Origins of Donald Trump's America. Charlottesville: The University of Virginia Press, 2019.
  • Webster, W.P. & Messitte, Z. P. (2017). “Tackling the Emerging New Norms in Higher Education in Post-Recession America,” in H. Alphin Jr., J. Lavine, Chan, R. (Eds.) Disability and Equity in Higher Education, (Hershey: IGI Global), 2017, pp. 46-62.
  • Zach Messitte and Suzette Grillot (eds.), Buon Giorno Arezzo: A Postcard from Tuscany, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press). 2016
  • The People's Party: Spiro Agnew and the Birth of the New Republican Party, Jerald Podair, Charles J. Holden and Zach Messitte, (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press), under contract.
  • Zach Messitte and Suzette Grillot (eds.), Understanding the Global Community, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press). 2013

Recent Interviews:

Areas of Interest

  • American foreign policy
  • Italian politics and history
  • American politics
  • Media and higher education