Robert J. Spitzer
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Spitzer’s chief areas of expertise include gun policy (including politics, history, law, and criminological consequences of guns) and the American presidency (especially president’s veto power and other constitutional powers, presidential behavior, electoral, political, and policy dimensions of the office, and inter-branch relations). He has served as an administrative hearing officer for the County Boards of Health in Cortland, Tompkins, and Chenango Counties (New York State) and for the Zoning Board of Appeals (Homer, NY). Spitzer has testified before U.S. Congress on five occasions and before New York State Legislative committees. He has also co-authored amicus curiae briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Seventh and Ninth Circuits of the U.S. Courts of Appeal.
Spitzer gives between 50-200 media interviews annually to all forms of media in the U.S. and abroad, primarily on gun policy and the American presidency, including network interviews on such programs as the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, PBS’s News Hour with Jim Lehrer, MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, Countdown With Keith Olbermann, CNN, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Diane Rehm Show, the BBC, CBC, NHK, Der Spiegel, Sky News, al Jazeera, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Slate, and Politico, among others.
Talks and Briefings
Spitzer has testified before U.S. Congress and the New York State Legislature, participated in White House meetings with presidential counsel, spoken before the National Press Club, has spoken at dozens of universities in the U.S. and Britain, given hundreds of talks before local, state, and national associations and organizations.