Dr. Gary Maris

Gary Maris began his college career at Stetson University where he earned his BA Degree in History. Afterwards he studied at Duke University for his MA and PhD degrees in Political Science. At Duke he was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. From Duke he went into the U.S. Army with tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam as an officer in the Transportation Corps. Returning to Stetson University he taught a wide variety of course including American Government, Comparative Politics, International Law, and Political Philosophy. In 1984 he was given the McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In 1974-75 Dr. Maris was the Resident Director for Stetson's Study Abroad Program in Freiburg, Germany. He returned to Germany in 1986 in a faculty exchange program with the Paedagogische Hochschule in Freiburg and taught for a semester in their Department of Political Science. Upon returning to Stetson he was asked to be Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a position he held until 1998. In 1998 he returned to the classroom and is presently focusing his teaching on Comparative Politics and Political Philosophy.

Dr. Maris has been an active member of the DeLand Community where he was a founding member and is still on the boards of a day care center for low-income children, The Neighborhood Center (a 24-hour help service for persons needing help in food, clothing, housing and other basic needs), and a charitable foundation composed mostly of faculty and staff of Stetson University that raises money for community service agencies in need. He was President of the West Volusia Council on Human Relations for several years in the 1970s and received the organization's award for community service.

In 1984 Dr. Maris published International Law: An Introduction, which emphasized the competing approaches to international law.

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Political Resources for Current Students:

  • Maris' Political Resources : This Web page includes copies of syllabi of courses taught, information on writing research papers and links to various sources for political information.

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