Glen Halva-Neubauer

Glen Halva-Neubauer

Dana Professor, Politics and International Affairs

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Glen Halva-Neubauer is the department’s specialist in state and local government and politics. To bolster the department’s commitment to subnational government, he developed internships in state and local government. He is the Faculty Administrator of the Top Mock program and founded Furman's Mock Trial program in 1995. He has also been a member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Board of Directors since 1999; 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. Since 2010, he has been an enthusiastic supporter of the high school mock trial community, especially through the Empire and Gladiator competitions. His research interests center on state-level abortion policies and politics, and I have published several articles that account for the differences in abortion policies among the 50 states. At present, his attention has turned to the rhetorical strategies of pro-life groups with a focus on the messages used by pro-life groups to influence the Obamacare debates during 2009 and 2010. Recently, he has developed a new interest in agriculture policies, practices, and politics. The initial outgrowth of this new interest is his teaching a May Experience course, Farm, with his sister and brother on the farm that they own in North Central Iowa. Students leave the May Experience 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.