University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Raymond B Wrabley, PhD

  • Professor and Vice President of Academic Affairs

I have taught courses in American government and politics to thousands of students who have studied at Pitt-Johnstown, and I am now teaching classes to many of their children. I have been interested in American politics and government since before I was old enough to vote and I am lucky to have a career that allows me explore and share that interest with so many students.

I have also been able to share my political expertise with a wider audience through writing and interviews with the local, national, and international media, most recently with German public radio.

I have been active in the political process as a citizen, including by attending several national party nominating conventions. I believe it is important for all citizens to take an active part in the governing of our country.

Also, as Chair of the Division of Business and Enterprise and the Division of Social Sciences, I support faculty efforts to provide students with high quality learning experiences and insure that our curriculum is innovative, up-to-date, and serves the needs of our students.

My research has focused most recently on federal environmental policies that govern our public lands—our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas.

My wife Sue and I are also avid visitors and hikers of the public lands all over the country, from the Everglades wetlands of Florida to the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

My courses:

American Government  Environmental Politics and Policy Parties and Elections
American Presidency  Political Ideologies US Congress




Education & Training

  • BA Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • MA Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • PhD (1988) Arizona State University

Representative Publications

Going with the Flow? Public Lands and Private Property Along the Red River (Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law)

Showdown at Catron: Cows, Wolves, and the Ecology of Public Lands Policies (Natural Resources Journal)

Managing the Monument: Cows and Conservation in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 


Academic Programs