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John Epperson

Professor of Political Science


B.A. Centre College of Kentucky, 1972
M.A. University of Virginia, 1975
PhD University of Virginia, 1980


I was born in Ohio but grew up in Kentucky and attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where I hoped to major in biology and go on to medical school like many in my family. But in my first year of college I realized my passion was politics and I switched my major to government. The world of medicine is better off because of my decision. I thought about law school (don’t all political science majors?) but decided on graduate school at the University of Virginia to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in teaching politics and government.

My studies focused on political parties and constitutional law, and after graduation I was hired by Simpson College. I have spent a very enjoyable career sharing my passion and knowledge about American politics with our students. Probably my favorite course to teach is entitled The Supreme Court and Civil Liberties.  I also teach courses on political parties and elections, Congress, and the American presidency.

I have done commentary for several local TV stations over the years and from time to time I will be interviewed by reporters from Iowa, New York, and, recently, Spain. I live in Indianola and spend most of my free time with my family, but I also enjoy traveling, reading (mostly biographies and histories) and cheering on Ohio State football and Kentucky basketball.  Along with the rest of my family I am a huge fan of the Baltimore Orioles.