Longtime UConn Political Science Professor Howard Reiter Dies

By: Michael Kirk

There will be a public memorial service in celebration of Professor Howard Reiter’s life and career on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. in the Konover Auditorium at the Dodd Center. A reception will immediately follow.  All are welcome to join others from the University community and Howard Reiter’s family at this event.


Howard Reiter, emeritus professor of political science. (Daniel Buttrey/UConn Photo)

Howard Reiter, emeritus professor of political science. (Daniel Buttrey/UConn Photo)


Howard L. Reiter, who spent 35 years as a well-known and highly-respected political science professor at the University of Connecticut – including five years as department head – died at his home on Jan. 10 following a long illness. He was 66.


Reiter, whose expertise was often sought out by journalists writing about state and national politics, specialized in American politics, with a focus on political parties and elections. He was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Western Europe, a recipient of Choice magazine’s Outstanding Academic Books Award, and a lecturer on American politics in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He also served as president of the New England Political Science Association from 2010 to 2011.


“Howard was the model of what a scholar-teacher should be,” says political science department head Mark Boyer. “He was a superlative mentor of students, and through his frequent writings provided a great example to students and colleagues about how to be a public intellectual. His innate kindness showed through in all aspects of his personal and professional life. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.”

Read more at UConn Today.


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