Richard C. Witmer, PhD

Richard C. Witmer, PhD

Richard C. Witmer, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences


  • American Politics, American Indian Politics, Policy and Law

Academic Appointments


  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Professor

Teaching Activity

  • American Indian Politics, Policy and Law
  • American Politics
  • Public Policy


Dr. Witmer is the Rev. John P. Schlegel, SJ, Distinguished Professor in Politics and Government in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Creighton University.  His teaching and research interests include American Politics and American Indian Politics, Policy and Law as well as US-Cuba relations. His research, which focuses on the intersection of American Indian politics and policy, intergovernmental relations and American Politics, has been published in numerous political science journals including the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, PS:Political Science and Politics, Politics, Groups and Identities, The Social Science Journal, the Indigenous Policy Journal, Human Rights Review, Politics and Policy, and International Politics.  He has also published articles in Law Journals including The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues, Creighton Law Review and Journal of Environmental Law and
Litigation.  He is co-author of Forced Federalism: Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Nationhood, (with Jeff Corntassel) University of Oklahoma Press, 2008 (paperback 2011).  He has also co-authored Report on the Resolution of Outstanding Property Claims between Cuba and the US (with Patrick Borchers, Michael Kelly, Erika Moreno, and James Wunsch) Creighton University Press 2007. He is also co-editor of The Cuba-US Bilateral Relationship: New Pathways and Policy Choices, (with Erika Moreno and Michael Kelly) Oxford University Press 2019.

Publications and Presentations



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Editing and Reviews

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Awards and Honors

  • Political Science Professor of the Year, Political Science Majors of Creighton University, 2014