Chalmers Brumbaugh

Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies
Gray Pavilion - Pol. Science 101C
2333 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6436

Brief Biography

Chalmers Brumbaugh joined the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Elon University in 1986.  Throughout his career, Brumbaugh has devoted his energies to Elon’s model of engaged and experiential learning.  In 1995 he was honored at Elon for his outstanding work in the area of Service Learning.  In 2008, the University bestowed Brumbaugh with its Award for Excellence in Mentoring.  In 2011 and 2012, he was named Advisor of the Year in North Carolina for his work with Elon’s chapter of the North Carolina Student Legislature.  Currently, Brumbaugh oversees the International Studies program.  During the traditional semester periods, Brumbaugh teaches courses in Latin American politics and American Government.  During the winter term, Brumbaugh takes students to Costa Rica to study Latin American politics, history and culture.


Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A. in Political Science and History, College of Wooster

Summer study, University of the Americas, Mexico City

Courses Taught


American Government

Campaign Management


Latin American Politics

U.S. – Latin American Relations

Costa Rica Study Course (Winter Term)

North Carolina Student Legislature

Model United Nations

Britain in Transition (London semester)

Service Activities

Associate Director, International Studies Major, 2012-present

Interim Director, International Studies Major, Spring, 2012

Coordinator, Latin American Studies Program, 2004-2010

Chair, Department of Political Science, Elon University, 1998-2010

Professor of Political Science, Elon University, 1992-present

Associate Professor of Political Science, Elon College, 1986-92

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