Dr. Nicholas Baldwin
Dr Baldwin obtained a B.A. (Hons.) Degree in Special Politics from the University of Hull in 1979 and was later awarded his Doctorate from the University of Exeter for which he focused on the Contemporary House of Lords. While at Exeter he began lecturing on national and international politics at the University, as well as at the Polytechnic in Plymouth (as the University of Plymouth was then known) and to groups such as the Devon and Cornwall Police, the Royal Marines, the Royal Navy and the W.E.A. At the same time he also worked as a research assistant in Industrial Relations.
He served as Special Assistant to the Liberal Party Peers in the House of Lords in the early 1980s, and in the 1983 General Election was a Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal/SDP Alliance.
In the summer of 1984 he was appointed Lecturer and Tutor in British Government and Politics at Wroxton College, the British campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey, USA. In August the following year he was appointed Head of the College – the chief academic, administrative and financial officer with responsibilities for the organisation, development, management and operation of all aspects of the life of the College. It is a position he has held since then. In addition, he has continued to carry a full teaching load as Lecturer and Tutor in British Government and Politics.
An authority on Parliament, Dr Baldwin is a member of the prestigious ‘Study of Parliament Group’ and an Associate of the Centre for Legislative Studies. His publications include: Legislatures of Small States: A comparative study (Routledge, 2013), Beyond Settlement: Making peace last after civil conflict (with VE Shields) (FDU Press/Associated University Presses, USA, 2008), Mastering British Politics (with FN Forman) (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007, 1999 and 1996), Parliament in the Twenty-First Century (Politico’s/Methuen, 2005), Executive Leadership and Legislative Assemblies (Routledge, 2005), Legislatures and Executives: An Investigation into the Relationship at the Heart of Government (Frank Cass, 2004), Second Chambers (with D Shell) (Frank Cass, 2001), and contributions to The House of Lords: its Parliamentary and Judicial Roles (Hart, 1999), The Law and Parliament (Butterworths, 1998), The House of Lords at Work (OUP, 1993), Parliament & Pressure Politics (OUP, 1990) and Parliament in the 1980s (Basil Blackwell, 1985) as well as a large number of journal articles, other articles, reviews, etc. He is currently working on a number of writing projects including a book entitled The House of Lords.
Dr Baldwin is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Legislative Studies and has been appointed a series editor with responsibility for developing & soliciting manuscripts for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. In addition, Dr Baldwin is a Faculty Advisor to the Corporate Communications Institute.
Dr Baldwin has lectured widely in Great Britain and abroad and has also been responsible for organising a large number of national and international conferences on political, business, criminal justice, public administration, communications and health-care matters, including between British MPs/Peers and American Congressmen. In addition, Dr Baldwin has organised more than 60 Undergraduate Conferences on ‘Parliament Today’, ‘Britain and the European Union’, and ‘The Politics of Northern Ireland’ held in the British Houses of Parliament, the institutions of the European Union in Brussels and in Stormont (NI).
In 2000 Dr Baldwin was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.).