Justin P. DePlato, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science (Social Sciences)
412-397-5912 phone (M)
412-397-6044 fax
Nicholson Center 436

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, St John Fisher College, 2002
  • Master of Arts, Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2006

Professional Background

  • Recipient of the RMU Student Government Association Distinguished Teaching Award (2015-2016)
  • Member of the Northeastern Political Science Association
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association

Area of Expertise/Research

  • My expertise and research interests are in the American Presidency, Political Philosophy, Voting Theories and Elections, Democratic Theory, and Comparative Political Institutions.


  • American Presidential Power and the War On Terror: Does the Constitution Matter? (Palgrave MacMillan 2015)
  • American Democracy: Founders, Enlightened Philosophers and Presidents (Lexington Books 2015)
  • The Classics and the Founders: Analyzing the Theory of Democracy from Ancient Greece to America's Founding (Cambridge MA: Cognella Academic Press) December 2014
  • The Cavalier Presidency: Executive Power and Prerogative in Times of Crisis (Lexington Books) 2014
  • "Trump will win the nomination because of Tea Party help", in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (February 23, 2016)
  • "Reformation in the U.S. House", in Pittsburgh Tribune ( October 2015)

  • "Speaker Boehner's Fall is All About the Tea Party", in Pittsburgh Post Gazette (September 2015)


  • 2015 - Presidential Power Conference - Dordt College (Iowa) "Bush and the War On Terror: Strength and Consensus"
  • 2015 - Northeastern Political Science Conference (Philadelphia PA) The Theory of Executive Emergency Power: Competing Thoughts on the Use and Justifications for Use of Extraordinary Power in Liberal Democracies
  • 2014 - Northeastern Political Science Conference (Boston MA, November 2014) The Power of Crisis: The Hyper Unitary Presidency of GW Bush

Schedule of Courses
Schedule Book for All Active and Available Future Terms, Justin

Fall 2016
  • POLS1010-A
  • 09:00-09:50 AMM W FMDeplato1 (08/29-12/17/16)17 Seats
  • POLS1020-A
  • -ONLINEIDeplato1 (08/29-12/17/16)0 Seats
  • POLS3010-A
  • 11:00-11:50 AMM W FMDeplato1 (08/29-12/17/16)18 Seats
  • POLS3050-C1
  • 01:00-01:50 PMM W FMDeplato1 (08/29-12/17/16)23 Seats
  • POLS4803-C1
  • -APPTMDeplato1 (08/29-12/17/16)0 Seats

    Spring 2017
  • POLS1020-A
  • 09:00-09:50 AMM W FMDeplato1 (01/09-04/29/17)9 Seats
  • POLS1020-B
  • 06:00-08:50 PM WMDeplato1 (01/09-04/29/17)12 Seats
  • POLS1040-A
  • 11:00-11:50 AMM W FMDeplato1 (01/09-04/29/17)3 Seats
  • POLS3020-A
  • 01:00-01:50 PMM W FMDeplato1 (01/09-04/29/17)13 Seats