Robert E. Gilbert

Areas of Study

American Politics, Presidency, Parties and Elections, Media and Politics

Selected Publications

  • The Tormented President: Calvin Coolidge, Death and Clinical Depression, Westport, Ct.: Praeger Publications, 2003.
  • Managing Crisis: Presidential Disability and the Twenty-Fifth Amendment. New York: Fordham University Press, 2000
  • The Mortal Presidency: Illness and Anguish in the White House, 2nd edition. New York: Fordham University Press, 1998
  • “Ronald Reagan’s Presidency: The Effects of an Alcoholic Parent”, Political Psychology, October, 2008.
  • “Eisenhower’s Heart Attack: Medical Treatment, Political Effects and the ‘Behind the Scenes’ Leadership Style”, Politics and the Life Sciences, March, 2008
  • “Personal Tragedy and Presidential Performance,” Congress and the Presidency, Fall, 2006
  • “Psychological Illness in Presidents”, Political Psycholgy, February 2006
  • “Coping with Presidential Disability: The Proposal for a standing Medical Commission,” Politics and The Life Sciences, March, 2003
  • “The Twenty-Fifth Amendment”, Presidential Studies Quarterly, December, 2003

Selected Professional Activities

  • Robert D. Klein University Lecturer, 2004
  • Excellence in Teaching Award Winner
  • Member, Working Group on Presidential Disability, 1994-1997
  • Editorial Board, Politics, Culture and Society
  • Grantee, John F. Kennedy Foundation
  • Grantee, Center for the Study of the Presidency

Recent Courses Taught


  • POLS 1150 American Government
  • POLS 3305 The American Presidency


  • POLS 7250- American Political Institutions and Processes
  • POLS¬†7252- The American Presidency