Drachman Bio

Edward Drachman

    Dr. Drachman received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and came to Geneseo in 1991. He teaches six courses on a regular basis: Introduction to International Relations; Politics of the Middle East; Politics of Genocide; Politics of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean; U.S. Foreign Policy; and Seminar on Global Issues. He has served as an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, Social Studies Chair for a secondary school, Coordinator of a Public School Teacher Fellowship Program for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, consultant for the College Board Advanced Placement Government and Politics Program, curriculum evaluator for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, volunteer tutor for second and third grade students in the Rochester City School District, and director of the Geneseo student volunteer tutoring program in Rochester sponsored by the Puerto Rican Youth Development and Resource Center. His publications include United States Policy Toward Vietnam, 1940-1945 (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1970); Challenging the Kremlin (Paragon House Publishers, 1992); Presidents and Foreign Policy (SUNY Press, 1997 with Professor Alan Shank), You Decide! Controversial Global Issues (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 with Prof. Shank et al), and Controversial Cases in American Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, second edition, 2008, with Professor Robert Langran). He has also written several articles for books, journals and newspapers. Dr. Drachman has served as Director of the International Relations Program; and faculty advisor for the Model UN/Model EU Club and the Geneseo chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the national honor society for international relations majors.

 Contact Info

Office: Welles 3B

Phone: 245-5456

e-Mail: drachman@geneseo.edu 

PLSC 140 Introduction to International Relations
PLSC 241 Politics of Genocide (course syllabus)
PLSC 246 U.S. Foreign Policy
PLSC 325 Politics of Mexico, Central America (course syllabus)
PLSC 328 Politics of the Middle East
PLSC 346 Seminar in Global Issues 

PLSC 395 Internship (course syllabus)
  • “How will the U.S. Respond to the Death of Fidel Castro?” Revuelta , August 2007

  • “Turn to Left in Latin America Demands U.S. Focus, Action,” Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, January 26, 2007

  • "Access to Higher Education for Undocumented Students," Peace Review, Jan.-March 2006

  • "More to Schooling than Math, Science," Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 2/21/06

  • You Decide! Controversial Cases in American Politics (with Prof. Alan Shank), Rowman & Littlefield, 1999 Second edition scheduled for publication in 2007

  • You Decide! Controversial Global Issues (with Prof. Alan Shank), Rowman & Littlefield, 2003

  • Presidents and Foreign Policy (with Alan Shank), SUNY Press, 1997.

  • Challenging the Kremlin, Paragon House Publishers, 1991

  • The United States and Vietnam, 1940-1945. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1971

 Professional Awards and Activities 
  • Geneseo Teacher Award, 2005

  • United Nations of Rochester Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award, 2005

  • Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, October 2004

  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award, 2000-2001

 Papers and Recent Professional Conferences  
  • Should Undocumented Students Qualify for in-state Tuition to Public Colleges and Universities?” Crossing the Border Conference, San Francisco State University, 2004

  • “Providing Equal Access to Postsecondary Education for Undocumented Students,” International Conference on Social Science Research, Orlando, Florida, 2005

 Community Service  


  • Reading tutor for second and third grade students in School 45, Rochester City School District
  • Director of Geneseo student volunteer tutoring program for K-12 students in Rochester sponsored by the Puerto Rican Youth Development and Resource Center
  • Discussion leader of Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions program at senior citizens complex in Greece

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, International Relations
M.A.T. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Social Studies
M.A. University of Pennsylvania, Political Science
B.A. Government, (cum laude) Harvard College