Dr. Michael Dichio is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Fort Lewis College where teaches courses on American government, constitutional law, criminal justice, research methods, and political philosophy. He was born and raised in Massachusetts but has fallen in love with Durango and the mountain west. He joined the college in 2014 after earning his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and his B.A. from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. His research focuses on how the Supreme Court, through its constitutional decisions, has impacted the growth of federal power across American history. Currently, he’s preparing a book manuscript for submission to SUNY Press’s American Constitutionalism series.
As faculty-in-residence, Michael is eager to interact with students as a neighbor. Michael wants to foster a sense of community by sharing his love of Italian food, organizing outdoor activities, and taking students to enjoy the arts on campus and in the community. In addition to these events and activities, Michael encourages students to explore their academic and personal interests. He challenges students to immerse themselves in the Fort Lewis and Durango communities and to get to know both students and faculty alike. One way he does this is by hosting other faculty and community members to share their experiences and information about all the opportunities that this community can offer.
In his free time, Michael enjoys hiking, backpacking, and camping. You might also hear him playing his guitars (just give him a knock if it’s too loud!).