MEENA BOSE is executive dean of public policy and public service programs at Hofstra University’s Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, director of the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency and a professor of political science. She is the author of Shaping and Signaling Presidential Policy: The National Security Decision Making of Eisenhower and Kennedy (1998), and editor of the reference volume The New York Times on the Presidency (2009). She also has edited several volumes in presidency studies and a reader in American politics, and she is third author for the American Government: Institutions and Policies textbook (15th edition, 2016).
Dr. Bose has developed non-partisan courses sponsored by The Washington Center in connection with the national party conventions as well as on key issues in American politics. She also has designed and taught courses for Elderhostel on presidential leadership and American politics. Dr. Bose serves on the editorial board of Political Science Quarterly and has been a guest editor for White House Studies.
Dr. Bose taught for six years at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she also served as Director of American Politics in 2006. Dr. Bose previously taught at Hofstra University from 1996-2000. Long Island Business News selected her as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” leaders on Long Island in 2009. She received her undergraduate degree in international politics from Penn State University (1990), and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University (1992, 1996).
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Presidential politics: A Q&A with Meena Bose of Hofstra’s Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
City and State New York online
As with so much else in the 45th presidency, we’re in somewhat uncharted territory. In the list of New York presidents there’s the Roosevelts and in the 19th century, (Martin) Van Buren, (Millard) Fillmore, Grover Cleveland (born in Caldwell, New Jersey) and briefly Chester Arthur. Of course, Richard Nixon was not a native New Yorker, but New York did become his home for some time in the ’60s.
What Donald Trump needs to do in his inaugural address
“Everything about Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency has been so unexpected and so at odds with the traditional rules of modern presidential politics that it’s very difficult to predict what he’ll say in his address,” said Meena Bose, a presidential scholar at Hofstra University.
A look back at Barack Obama’s presidency
“Every part of the Obama legacy is complicated,” said Meena Bose, executive dean of public policy and public service programs at Hofstra University and director of the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency. “The overarching assessment is that the Obama legacy will be mixed.”
President Trump's Do-It-Myself Approach Just Suffered Big and Rare Setback
Washington Post online
"Judicial checks on executive orders appear to be infrequent, in keeping with the view that the judiciary seeks to avoid 'political' questions," said Meena Bose, an executive-authority expert at Hofstra University.
Hofstra in Hindsight: An Analysis of the First Presidential Debate
Huffington Post online
On September 26, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump verbally sparred in the Hofstra Arena, setting the stage for the next six weeks before Election Day. What did we learn, what happens next, and what was hosting a presidential debate for the third time like for Hofstra (the only school to host three presidential debates consecutively)?
Politics and the Pursuit of the U.S. Presidency
Former Agriculture Secretary and Representative Dan Glickman (D-KS) and Professor Meena Bose talked about the political pursuit of the U.S. presidency.
Trump’s lawyer says a president can’t technically obstruct justice. Experts say that’s fanciful
Washington Post online
President Trump's lawyer John Dowd told Axios: "The “president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution's Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case.”
"Meena Bose, an expert on executive authority for Hofstra University, noted that the ultimate arbiter would be Congress, which has the power to impeach and convict. And she noted that previous presidents who faced impeachment were confronted with obstruction charges — both explicit and implicit."
5 Things to watch for in Trump's State of the Union address
“'State of the union messages don’t necessarily move negotiations forward, but they tend to set an even keel for discussions,' said Meena Bose, director of Hofstra University’s Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, speaking on how his remarks might play with lawmakers."
Oprah Winfrey candidate for the presidency of the United States?
Le Parisien online
After Oprah's rousing speech at the Golden Globe Awards in January 2018, she emerged as a possible contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. "She knew full well that with this talk we would talk about her as a potential candidate," said Meena Bose, professor of political science at Hofstra University (New York).
This paper examines how students of the American presidency conceptualize U.S. standing abroad and its importance for presidential power. It evaluates how recent American presidents employ the concept of standing and discusses how presidency scholars might more systematically analyze its consequences for executive leadership at home.
This paper evaluates the early foreign-policy rhetoric and decision making of the Obama administration. It focuses on three areas of scholarly analysis: the development of an overarching strategy to guide policies; selection of an advisory team and management of the advisory process; and interaction with Congress on policy making. The paper finds that the Obama administration has developed clear goals in foreign affairs to date, though not a strategic doctrine, and a collegial advisory team, but it has experienced some conflict with Congress over executive power.