Division Head of Social Science, Department Chair of Political Science
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- Mary Berry Hall 303
- B.A. in History and Government, Augustana College, 1996
Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Iowa, 2002
After working at a state university, I came to Simpson for an opportunity to teach small classes and personally mentor and advise students. I teach classes in American politics, public policy issues, mass media, and religion and politics. In presidential election years, my students do investigative fact-checking of the candidates. I direct the Simpson Survey, a student-run poll of campus political attitudes. I was honored to receive Simpson’s Distinguished Teacher award in 2015 and Outstanding Junior Faculty award in 2008.
I give commentary on politics and the Iowa caucuses for the Des Moines Register and have been quoted in the New York Times, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, USA Today, and the online editions of CNN and MSNBC.
I also stay active in political science. I recently conducted a survey of Iowa pastors about their views on politics and the caucuses, and also published a study in 2011 of teaching and learning (“Fact Checks, Voter Guides, and GOTV: Civic Learning Projects in American Politics”) in the Journal of Political Science Education.
I live close to Simpson’s campus with my wife and two young boys. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and watching college (Nebraska Huskers) and NFL (Seattle Seahawks) football.