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Joel Kersting, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Degrees: Ph.D. Political Science, Syracuse University; M.A. Political Science, Syracuse University; B.A. History & Political Science, College of Saint Rose

Kersting received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Before that, he received his B.A. in History & Political Science from the College of Saint Rose.

His teaching and research interests lie primarily in American politics, with focuses on political parties, the U.S. Congress, elections, public opinion, and the representation of marginalized groups. His current book project examines the effect of the ongoing electoral realignment on the basis of educational attainment in American party politics on both the Democratic and Republican parties’ positions. Kersting’s research was recently published in Politics, Groups, and Identities.


  • Kersting, Joel B. 2021. "Schooling the Parties: The Effect of the Education Realignment on LGBTQ+ Party Position Taking in the US House of Representatives." Politics, Groups, and Identities. Link to entry

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