R. McGreggor Cawley

Title: Professor
Company: University of Wyoming
Location: Laramie, Wyoming, United States

R. McGreggor Cawley, Professor at the University of Wyoming, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in political science instruction.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska, Dr. Cawley followed with a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in political science from Colorado State University in 1981, the first such awarded by Colorado State. Since 1987, he has provided superior education as a political science professor with the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Prior to coming to UW, he taught in the political science department at the University of Montana in Missoula. His primary teaching areas are public administration, environmental politics and federal land policy. For his teaching excellence, he has garnered UW’s Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award.

A prolific author and editor, Dr. Cawley has published “Federal Land, Western Anger: The Sagebrush Rebellion and Environmental Politics” as well as several articles and book chapters in his aforementioned areas of expertise. In addition, he has co-edited “A Wolf in the Garden: The Land Rights Movement and the New Environmental Debate” and “The Equality State: Government and Politics in Wyoming.”

Dr. Cawley notes that he is the first-generation college graduate in his immediate family and the first PhD in his family, and says he has brought a blue-collar sensibility to his work at UW. He was proud to see two of his students become state legislators in Wyoming and two others become members of the city council in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A basic lesson that he tries to impart to his students is that “if you believe in democracy, you have to accept politics as an inevitable consequence.” He also tells his students that, “democracy is not for the faint of heart.” With no plans to retire, he is hoping for further success with UW.

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