Adjunct Assistant Professor
Gerald (Jerry) Prout is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. He earned his Ph.D. from George Mason University. He also holds M.A. degrees from both American University (Political Science) and Duke University (European History). Prof. Prout teaches courses in political economy with emphasis on the political agency of transnational corporations. He served as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for FMC Corporation in Washington, D.C. from 2000 to 2013, having joined the multinational conglomerate in 1979. He previously held positions in public affairs at Burson-Marsteller and Whirlpool. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Management Foundation.
His book, Coxey's Crusade for Jobs, was published by Northern Illinois University Press in 2016, and his most recent articles appear in the May 2019 issue of the The American Journal of Economics and Sociology and in the Summer 2018 issue of Journalism History. He has written extensively on corporate social responsibility for Regulation, Society and Business Review, Corporate Environmental Strategies, Public Relations Review, and The Conference Board Record.
Ph.D., George Mason University
- POSC 4193 Environmental Politics and Policy | Syllabus
- POSC 4321 Business and Politics | Syllabus
- POSC 4341 Politics of American Capitalism | Syllabus
- ARSC 3370 American Experience
- Coxey’s Crusade for Jobs: Unemployment in the Gilded Age. Northern Illinois University Press, 2016.
- “Populism and the Populists, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, May 2019
- “The Six and the Sixties,” Journalism History, Summer 2018.
- "Hope, Fear, and Confusion: Coxey's Arrival in Washington," Washington History, Summer 2013.
- "Corporate Responsibility in the Global Economy: The Business Case," Society and Business Review, 2006.
- "Coming to Terms with Environmental Justice" Corporate Environmental Strategy, 1999.
- "Politically Correcting Pesticide Exports" Regulation, Spring 1992.
- "Industry and the Environment" Public Relations Review, Winter 1983.
- "On Expecting Corporate Ethical Reform" Public Relations Review, Summer 1978.
- "Corporate Social Strategy in a Post-Industrial World" Conference Board Record, September 1975.