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Professor of Political Science, Utica University

My specialty is U.S. politics, particularly elections/campaigns and politics and religion. My books include Mormons in American Politics; From Persecution to Power (Praeger, 2012), Mitt Romney, Mormonism, and the 2012 Election (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), Religious Responses to Marriage Equality (Routledge, 2018), and Donald Trump and the 2018 Midterm Battle for Central New York (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019).

In addition to scholarship, I'm a journalist, serving as national election analyst and correspondent for WKTV News Channel 2, and panelist on Ivory Tower, a political commentary show on WCNY. I’m a columnist for the Observer Dispatch and have written for U.S. News and World Report, The Hill, The Monkey Cage and The New York Times.

I founded and direct The Utica College Center of Public Affairs and Election Research, has provides political analysis from a global team of contributors. My column (NY-22 Minute) focuses on the nationally significant 2018 midterm race in my home district.


  • –present
    Professor and Chair of Government and Politics, Utica College


  • 2007 
    The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ph.D. in Political Science


Fulbright Scholar