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Professor of Political Science, University of Arkansas

Patrick A Stewart (B.A. University of Central Florida, 1988; M.A. University of Central Florida, 1991; Ph.D. Northern Illinois University, 1998) currently teaches classes in the Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.) Program.

In addition to his book "Debatable Humor: Laughing Matters on the 2008 Presidential Primary Campaign" (2012), he has published research concerning emotion and nonverbal communication in the journals PLoS-ONE, Political Psychology, Motivation and Emotion, International Journal of Humor Research, PS - Political Science & Politics, Presidential Studies, Quarterly, and Politics and the Life Sciences. His work on nonverbal communication by political leaders has been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post and reported on by such popular outlets as Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Wired, Vocativ, Vox, The National Review, The Huffington Post, amongst others.

He is a certified Facial Action Coding System (FACS) coder whose current research concentrates on the emotional response of followers to leaders and those wishing to become leaders. He is researching audience applause, laughter, and booing in response to comments by candidates during presidential debates and how individuals respond to different types of facial displays and other types of nonverbal behavior by politicians.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Arkansas