Dr. Margaret Scranton


Peggy Scranton joined the department in 1978, following a year in Washington, DC, as a Foreign Policy Research Fellow at The Brookings Institution.  An MA and PhD graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she studied with Charles O. Jones and Richard C. Cottam, concentrating on the policy process for foreign affairs, particularly negotiations and conflict resolution.  Winner of a national award from the American Political Science Association for her dissertation on the Panama Canal treaty negotiations, Scranton has held research fellowships from the Einstein Institution, the US Institute for Peace, and several Fulbright grants.  She received the 2001 UALR award for Excellence in Teaching, pioneered the department’s use of technology in the classroom and its online course offerings, and founded Presidential Studies at UALR to maximize students’ and UALR’s involvement with the Clinton Presidential Center.  She used a $55,000 grant from the Donaghey Foundation to build a multi-disciplinary collection for UALR’s Ottenheimer Library of primary and secondary materials on various US presidents.

During 2004 Scranton created and taught a 16-week class, The Clinton Presidency, on C-SPAN, including an extended session with the former president.   Videos from the class can be viewed at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/id/117209 (search the CSPAN index for all 15 classes and the extra class with President Clinton).

Her service to UALR includes membership on the Donaghey Scholars Policy Council, the Chancellor’s 1994 Task Force on Retention, CAHSS Teams on Teaching with Technology and Faculty/Student Access to Technology, and serving as department chair during 2002-2003.  She has consulted on democratization and electoral reform for the US State Department in both Panama and Nicaragua; she served as an international election observer for the IFES mission to Panama in 1994.

Scranton’s research and teaching interests include presidential rhetoric and the presidency, first ladies, US foreign policy, the negotiations process, non-violent conflict, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and J. William Fulbright, and US-Central American relations, US-Panamanian relations, and democratization in Panama.  Presently she is writing a book on the policy rhetoric of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Scranton received her BA in Politics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1972, writing her Honors thesis on Prospects for Development in Postwar Vietnam.

Contact Information:  mescranton@ualr.edu, (501) 683-7326

Office Hours:  before and after classes (see semester schedule) and by appointment

Major publications:

“Electoral Reform and the Electoral Tribunal in Post-Invasion Panama,” Chapter 6 in Orlando Perez, ed., Post-Invasion Panama: Challenges to Democratization in the New World Order. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000, pp. 101-124.

“Electoral Observation and Panama’s Democratic Transition,” in Electoral Observation and Democratic Transitions in Latin America. Ed. Kevin J. Middlebrook. La Jolla: Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California at San Diego, 1998.

“Panama, Civic Crusade, 1987-1989” in  Protest, Power, and Change: An Encyclopedia of NonViolent Action  ed. Roger S. Powers and William B. Vogele. New York: Garland, 1997, pp. 396-400.

“External Observers in Central American Elections: Panama,” in Elections in Central America Revisited, Ed. John A. Booth and Mitchell A. Seligson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2nd ed., 1995), Chapter 8.

“Panama’s First Post-Transition Election,” Journal of Interamerican Studies & World Affairs 37(Spring 1995):69-99.

“Consolidation after Imposition: Panama’s 1992 Referendum,” Journal of Interamerican Studies & World Affairs 35(Fall 1993):65-102.

“Panama’s Democratic Transition,” Midsouth Journal of Political Science 13 (Spring 1992): 107-128.

“Panama,” in Intervention into the 1990s. Ed. Peter J. Schraeder. Boulder: Lynne Reinner, 1992, pp. 343-360.

The Noriega Years: US-Panamanian Relations, 1981-1990. Boulder: Lynne Reinner, 1991.

William L. Furlong and Margaret E. Scranton. Making United States Foreign Policy:  The President, the Congress and the Panama Canal Treaties.  Boulder: Westview, 1984.