PH: Tim Blessing

Tim H. Blessing, Ph.D.

Professor of History and Political Science


The history of United States Presidents (both biographical and political)
Changes in voting patterns
First ladies
History of the Big Band Era


April 2012 primary analysis video
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In the News:

Hundreds of GOP delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday WFMZ 3-6-12
Inside the Beltway: The Santorum Surprise Washington Times 2-27-12
Will Santorum's recent surge carry him to nomination? WFMZ 2-9-12
Republican presidential race far from over WFMZ 2-5-12


Dr. Blessing (Ph.D., Penn State, 1989) has been a researcher in Leadership and Presidential Studies since 1979. He has figured prominently in evaluations of the presidential performance for more than three decades, co-authoring the Murray-Blessing, Blessing-Skleder, and Blessing-Skleder-You presidential ratings. He is author of Greatness in the White House (Penn State Press) as well as articles in the Journal of American History, Presidential Studies Quarterly and White House Studies. His most recent work, soon to be released in White House Studies, focuses on how partisan and ideological biases affect evaluations of presidents. 

In terms of Leadership Studies in general, Dr. Blessing was one of the founders of the Alvernia University Ph.D. program in Leadership Studies, where his specialty is systems theory and leadership. A frequent presenter on leadership and the presidency at professional meetings in the United States, in Europe and in Latin American, Dr. Blessing has presented in forums as diverse as International Leadership Association, the British Association of American Studies, the American Popular Culture Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the American Psychological Association. 

Dr. Blessing has been interviewed over 1200 times by various national and international media outlets including Radio New Zealand, ABC-Australia, The Sunday Times (London), The London Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, and USA Today. He was also the American commentator used by Fuji-TV for its coverage of Japanese Emperor Akihito’s first anniversary on the Chrysanthemum Throne and was one of a group of Presidential specialists asked to an all-day meeting at the White House to discuss the historical legacy of Laura Bush.  

Greatness in the White House
Rating the Presidents, From Washington Through Ronald Reagan
By Robert Murray and Tim Blessing)
Volume 11 Issue 1 (White House Studies)

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Tim Blessing

Professor of History and Political Science

     Francis Hall 231
     Fax: 610.790.1908

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