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Ronald L. Feinman

Ronald L. Feinman received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate School in 1975. His dissertation advisor was Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Dr. Feinman is the author of “Twilight of Progressivism: The Western Republican Senators and the New Deal” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981) and “Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama” (Rowman Littlefield Publishers, 2015, Paperback Edition 2017). In addition to this blog, Dr. Feinman has blogged at TheProgressiveProfessor.com since 2008 and is a political and historical Commentator on Radio Station WWGH, 107.1 FM, Marion, Ohio. Dr. Feinman has spent nearly a half century as Professor of American History, Government and Politics and is still teaching a US Presidency class at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida every Fall and Spring term.



  • Who Will Form the Biden Cabinet?

    by Ronald L. Feinman

    A presidential and political historian suggests choices for a Biden cabinet that will please (most) of the Democratic base, have a chance to win nomination by the Senate, not put any Democratic Senate seats at risk, and help the new president govern effectively. 


  • The Controversial Presidential Succession Act of 1947

    by Ronald L. Feinman

    The current law of Presidential succession could put a leader from outside the executive branch and from the opposite party into the White House without the support of voters. Trump's COVID scare shows such a potential crisis of legitimacy is not impossible. The law needs to be changed. 


  • Prepare for Massive Turnover on the Supreme Court in the Next Four Years

    by Ronald L. Feinman

    Age, health, and political calculations about securing an ideologically sympathetic replacement could prompt as many as six Supreme Court Justices to leave the court in the next four-year presidential term. Who names their replacements will shape the court for a generation.


  • The Youngest History-Makers in the U.S. Senate

    by Ronald L. Feinman

    Although he seeks to become the oldest first-term president in US history, Joe Biden began his career in national office at the youngest age allowed for a US Senator.