Robert Schmuhl

Robert Schmuhl

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Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Chair in American Studies and Journalism

Office: 1037 Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-5128

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Areas of Expertise

American Culture, journalistic ethics, journalism, American politics and the media

Former director of Notre Dame’s John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics & Democracy, Schmuhl often serves as an expert resource for reporters seeking comment on the American political landscape and its relationship with the media. He is a critic of the current state-by-state caucus and primary process, stating, “The process for selecting the highest office is hopelessly confusing, constantly changing and seriously flawed.” Schmuhl is the author or editor of 11 books, including “Statecraft and Stagecraft: American Political Life in the Age of Personality,” which describes the cult of personality taking over politics, and “Wounded Titans: American Presidents and the Perils of Power.”

A frequent contributor to popular publications, Schmuhl’s columns, features, and reviews have appeared in the The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Commonweal, American Journalism Review, The Quill, and many other newspapers and magazines. He has appeared on CBS, CNN, PBS, NPR, the Voice of America, the BBC, Sky News, and several other television and radio programs in the U.S. and abroad. Since 2004, he has offered news analysis from America for RTE, Ireland’s public service broadcaster.


Robert Schmuhl on Journalism

Notre Dame’s Red Smith Lecture: “When Politicians Meet the Press”, Tim Russert

ND Expert: Changing the Presidential Primary System


Obama campaign getting a good deal on text messaging plan
Oprah, Obama and ‘celebrity politics’
Presidential primaries system chaotic and broken
Schmuhl criticizes primary system
Obama forms exploratory committee; surprising similarities between senator and Reagan
Debates put focus on telegenic skills


In ‘Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh,’ Schmuhl paints a warm portrait of former president
2016 presidential campaign shows American politics has reached a breaking point, expert says
Notre Dame junior wins New York Times journalism contest
Notre Dame produces Liam Neeson-narrated documentary to remember Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising
‘Town and Gown’ event to feature student body president, South Bend mayor
Journalist Ted Koppel to speak at Notre Dame
Thousands celebrate Ireland and Notre Dame in Dublin
1916: What it meant to Ireland
Schmuhl book examines journalism in American culture
Schmuhl to deliver keynote address at Dublin conference
Schmuhl to present R.I. Best Memorial Lecture in Ireland
Schmuhl to serve as visiting fellow at University College Dublin
Robert Schmuhl receives Media Legend of the Year award
Quotable, around the globe
New book by Robert Schmuhl praised in Chicago Tribune review
National Press Club to feature Robert Schmuhl’s latest book
American studies professor publishes essay collection
Annenberg gift strengthens journalism at Notre Dame


Los Angeles Times — Obama’s campaign mission: Protect his legacy, pummel Republicans — oh, and elect Hillary Clinton
Straits Times — No clear winner in US vice-presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence
The Street — Clinton vs. Trump: What’s at Stake Tonight for NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS and the Debates Themselves
Audio RTÉ Radio 1 — Morning Ireland: America looks back at the first presidential debate
The Street — Clinton vs. Trump: What’s at Stake Tonight for NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS and the Debates Themselves
Irish Examiner — Clinton and Trump get ready to face off in 90-minute televised debate
Audio NewsTalk — Litter, Trump vs Hillary and Scrapping Exams-
El Universal (Mexico) — ¿Doble rasero?
Irish Examiner — Clinton and Trump get ready to face off in 90-minute televised debate
Roll Call — Mike Pence: A Running Mate With Baggage
The New York Review of Books — The Easter Rising: Powerful and Useless
Irish Central — Father Hesburgh of Notre Dame, a light in the dark for so many
Audio RTÉ Radio — Donald Trump overhauls White House campaign_
Irish America — The Touch of The Poet
Audio RTÉ Radio Today With Sean O’Rourke — Roger Casement
Audio RTÉ Radio Today with Sean O’Rourke — US Democratic Convention
Audio RTÉ Radio — Sanders: Clinton ‘must become’ next US president
Audio RTÉ Radio — Obama criticises Trump’s response following Orlando shooting_
The Christian Science Monitor — Trump shuts out The Washington Post: How did we get here?
Irish America — Last Word: An Irish Rebel Girl
Sinclair Broadcast Group — Media spreads Trump’s anti-media message
Audio RTÉ Morning Ireland — Trump is last mand standing in Republican race
The Irish Catholic — America and 1916: ‘A poets’ revolution’
The New York Times — 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, a Milestone of Foreign Reporting
Irish Independent — New York Times declares 1916 Easter Rising a ‘milestone in foreign reporting’
TIME — The American Influence on Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising
The Daily Beast — How America Backed the 1916 Easter Rising
The New York Times — Ireland vs. Empire
Sinclair Broadcast Group — Can anyone save the GOP? It might be too late
Audio NewsTalk — Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising
Irish America — Digging Up the Past
Coleraine Times (U.K.) — Revealed: Coleraine barrister who prosecuted the Easter Rising rebels
Sinclair Broadcast Group — Can anyone save the GOP? It might be too late
Audio RTÉ Radio — Morning Ireland: Could Trump be President?
Irish Times — Niall O’Dowd: Irish America was first to see the significance of the 1916 Rising
Irish Examiner — If all went to plan, what sort of Rising might it have been?
Audio RTÉ Radio — Victories for Trump and Clinton
Irish Independent — An American tale
Irish Independent — What saved Dev from firing squad?
Deutsche Welle — How the US nominates presidential candidates
Audio RTÉ Radio (Ireland) — US enters election year with candidates vying for attention
International Business Times — Election 2016: Warren Buffett Backs Hillary Clinton At Fundraiser For Wall Street Executives
Irish Independent — Bushwhack: George ‘41’ settles some old scores
Audio RTÉ Radio — Biden not running for Presidency
Audio RTÉ Radio — Morning Ireland: Republican Candidates lay out stall in first TV debate
Investor’s Business Daily - GOP Debates: The pros reveal how they watch-II
Audio RTÉ Radio — Morning Ireland: Can Joe Biden enter the race for presidency?
Audio RTÉ Radio — Another Bush set to run for US Presidency
Irish Independent — The end of empire
Audio RTÉ Radio — Obama to send 300 military advisers to Iraq
Audio RTÉ Morning Ireland — How will new Cuba policy affect internal US politics?
USA Today — Obama hosts Easter, Passover events
Audio RTÉ Morning Ireland — US continues to shiver in sub-zero temperatures
Irish Independent — Robert Schmuhl: JFK: elusive in life and unable to escape mystery in death
Audio RTÉ Morning Ireland — Will there be a repeat of the US shutdown in January?
Irish Independent — The culture charts
Irish Independent — Robert Schmuhl: Obama bid for congress support on Syria is a plea for principle over politics
Irish Independent — Robert Schmuhl: Mysterious leaders Parnell and Kennedy continue to charm us
Irish Independent — Robert Schmuhl: Mystery of how Dev escaped 1916 firing squad has only deepened with time
Irish Independent — Robert Schmuhl: From Berlin to the old homestead: why JFK’s historic trip wasn’t just Blarney
Audio RTÉ Morning Ireland — Obama defends use of drones in ‘just’ war
Irish Independent — Ghost of Nixon as Tea Party taxman probe comes back to haunt Obama
Audio RTÉ Radio 1 — President Obama under pressure over IRS investigations
Irish Independent — Robert Schmuhl: History is waiting for the president it deserves
Irish Central — Notre Dame political scientist says the Irish run the White House and Congress
Irish Independent — Robert Schmuhl: What John Kerry’s inaugural trip abroad tells us about post-Hillary era
The Washington Post — What is Clinton’s legacy at State — and her future?
CNN — The great reset: Will Obama’s second inauguration let America turn the page?
Irish Independent — Robert Schmuhl: Second term will truly test Obama’s mettle
Irish Independent — Robert Schmuhl: That’s one battle over but many more to come for indebted States
Irish Independent — Robert Schmuhl: Republicans’ win on Rice sets the scene for a long war
Irish Independent — Robert Schmuhl: American poltiics frozen in the December cold as it approaches a fiscal cliff
Irish Independent — … but things were different in Nixon’s time
Louisville Courier-Journal — Keeping ‘options open,’ former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh hangs on to campaign money
Irish Independent — Robert Schmuhl: We have to ask the question – did Obama really reach out enough?
Audio Morning Ireland — Debate was a bare-knuckle political fight – Notre Dame Professor Robert Schmuhl
Indianapolis Star — Election 2012: Indiana political scientists sift through aftermath of Obama, Romney debate
Indianapolis Star — Richard Mourdock, Joe Donnelly clash in U.S. Senate debate
Lafayette Journal & Courier — Senate debate highlights differences
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette — GOP wild card in U.S. Senate race
Huffington Post — Mitt Romney’s Wawa Gaffe Just Latest Out-Of-Touch Politician Moment
Bill Moyers — The President’s Never-Ending Campaign for Cash
The Washington Post — Celebrity as campaign necessity: Obama campaign raffles access to stars in fight for money
UPI — Politics 2012: Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia kick off final round of primaries
Audio RTÉ Morning Ireland — US presidential candidates ramp up campaigns: University of Notre Dame’s Prof Bob Schmuhl
Audio RTÉ News — Obama’s Obstacles
Audio RTÉ — Bachmann tops US Republican straw poll
CNBC — Should Obama Go on Vacation While Markets are So Skittish?
Christian Science Monitor — Should Obama Go on Vacation While Markets are So Skittish?
Alaska Dispatch — Is Obama’s vacation poorly timed?
Audio RTÉ — Senate votes for US debt deal
Evansville Courier & Press — Indiana Libertarians see an opening on social issues in 2012