PBN: Five Questions With June Speakman
By Mary MacDonald- June 14, 2019 1:18 am
1. You decided to seek office while working at Roger Williams University. How did that affect you as a professor and how are you now handling the dual roles? The opportunity to run came up due to an unexpected resignation. Thankfully, my campaign began during winter break, and my spring course schedule was such that, for the most part, my teaching schedule and my legislative schedule did not conflict. And … I was teaching a course on state and local government, which offered nice reinforcement to my General Assembly work, and great stories in the classroom.
2. You were often interviewed by media as a political science professor. How is the reality of the Statehouse meshing with your understanding before the election? While the academic understanding of state politics does teach us a lot about what goes on in a state legislature, the finer points of the policy-making process, and the importance of personal relationships, cannot be accurately captured by an academic researcher.
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