Dr. Robert McClure joined the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1969. He served as the director of the honors program and as Senior Associate Dean before retiring in 2014. Dr. McClure is a recipient of multiple awards including the Chancellor's Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement.
Prior to joining the Maxwell Faculty, Dr. McClure was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and a legislative assistant and campaign aide. He also worked as a journalist. His first book, The Unseeing Eye (1976), co-authored with Thomas E. Patterson, was cited by the American Association of Public Opinion Research as one of the field's most influential works published in the second half of the 20th Century. A second book, written with Linda L. Fowler, Political Ambition: Who Decides to Run for Congress (1990), was published by Yale University Press. He is currently at work on a final book: Limits to be Reckoned With: Why Americans Struggle to Govern Themselves in the 21st Century.
Dr. McClure received his B.A. degree from DePauw University and his Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington.