A faculty member at Catawba since 2002, Michael Bitzer has taught a variety of courses in American politics, public administration and policy, and law and courts areas. He has also taught courses on leadership and globalization. He has conducted research in Southern politics (focusing on South Carolina and North Carolina politics and elections), U.S. campaigns and elections, state politics, the bureaucracy, and civil rights in the American South.  He serves as a political analyst for several Charlotte-area TV stations, as well as having contributed guest editorials to Charlotte-area newspapers.