Glen Halva-Neubauer, Chair and Dana Professor of Politics and International Affairs

Glen Halva-Neubauer


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Glen Halva-Neubauer is Dana Professor and Chair of Politics and International Affairs. He is a specialist in US state and local government and politics. An innovator in engaged learning, Halva-Neubauer developed the department’s state and local government internship program in the early 1990s. In 1995, he founded Furman's Mock Trial program. Since 1999, Halva-Neubauer has served as a member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Board of Directors; from 2012-2014, he served as President of the Board. Professor Halva-Neubauer has cultivated a deep relationship with the southeastern and Furman alumni legal communities; in recognition of this relationship, the American Mock Trial Association Judges' Hall of Fame is named in his honor. In 2001, he established Top Mock, a summer program for high school mock trial participants, and that enthusiasm for the high school mock trial community has extended to sponsoring high-quality high school competitions, notably Empire, Gladiator, and the National High School Championship competitions. His research interests center on state-level abortion policies and politics, and he has published several articles that account for the differences in abortion policies among the 50 states. At present, his work focuses on responses to the 2022 Dobbs decision among Southern state legislatures. In addition to abortion politics and policy, Halva-Neubauer’s scholarly interests also center on agriculture policies, practices, and politics. The outgrowth of this interest is, Farm, a May Experience course he teaches on the farm that he owns with his brother and sister in North Central Iowa. Students leave the May Experience program with a balanced view of the controversies and challenges the US and the world faces in feeding its people.


  • Furman Faculty Member of the Year, 1990, 1997, 1999, and 2003
  • Liberty Bell Recipient 2001 and 2009
  • Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Advisor of the Year, 1994


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • B.A., University of Iowa


  • (with Sara L. Zeigler) "Promoting Fetal Personhood: The Rhetorical and Legislative Strategies of the Pro-Life Movement After Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Feminist Formations 22 (Summer 2010):101- 123
  • "Abortion," in Encyclopedia of United States Political History, Vol. 7: The Clash of Conservatism and Liberalism, 1976-Current, ed. Richard M. Valelly, 13-16. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010
  • (with Lanethea Mathews-Gardner, Michelle D. Deardorff, Grant Reeher, William Hudson, MaryAnne Borrelli) "Getting a Job at a Teaching Institution—and Then Succeeding: A Q&A with Experienced Teacher-Scholars" PS: Political Science and Politics, 41 (July 2008): 575-578
  • "Public Affairs Internships: Coming of Age." In Education for Citizenship: Ideas and Innovations in Political Learning, edited by Grant Reeher and Joseph Cammarano, 81-99, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1997
  • "Minnesota: Shifting Sands on a 'Challenger' Beachhead.'' In Abortion Politics in American States, edited by Mary C. Segers and Timothy A. Byrnes, 29-50. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 1995
  • "The States After Roe: No 'Paper Tigers.' "In Understanding the New Politics of Abortion, edited by Malcolm L. Goggin, 167-189. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1993
  • "Abortion Policy in the Post-Webster Age," Publius 20 (Summer 1990):27-44.