Northwood University to Host Dr. Benjamin Kleinerman on The Transformation of Barack Obama

On Monday, September 16, at 7 p.m. Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise will host Dr. Benjamin Kleinerman, associate professor of political science at Michigan State University, on the topic “The Transformation of Barack Obama: Becoming Commander-in-Chief.”

Dr. Kleinerman’s lecture is part of Northwood University’s Constitution Day celebration. The event will take place in Griswold Lecture Hall on Northwood University’s Midland campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive. Admission is free and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Kleinerman received his B.A. in political science from Kenyon College and his Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University. A former Visiting Scholar in the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University, he has also taught at Oberlin College and the Virginia Military Institute. Dr. Kleinerman’s book, The Discretionary President: The Promise and Peril of Executive Power, has been reviewed in The New Republic and Political Science Quarterly. He has also written articles on the subject of executive power in the American Constitution appearing in Perspectives on Politics, American Political Science Review and Nomos. Dr. Kleinerman is currently working on a book on how the constitutional powers and place of the presidency transform its occupants titled Becoming Commander-in-Chief: A Constitutional Success Story.

Questions about the event may be directed to Dr. Lance Lewis at 989.837.4134 or


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