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Arnold Shober

CCSA Board Secretary

My wife and I have made Appleton our home since 2006, when I began work at Lawrence University as a professor of government.  One of our four children began at Classical in 2019, and we are excited to support the school.  I’ve lived in five states and two countries, and I appreciate the breadth of experience that Classical’s students, parents, and teachers bring to the school.

I received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.  At Lawrence, I teach American federalism, elections, media, and public policy.  My academic work looks at the organizational success of colleges, teacher mobility, assessment and accountability, and American federalism (but not all at once!).  In addition to a handful of articles, I’ve written three books, all on controversies in K-12 education.  Here in town, I’ve appeared regularly on WHBY, Wisconsin Public Radio, and FOX11.

Outside of class, I enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time in the dirt generally.  I keep our garden, and we are starting a small cider orchard nearby.