Jay Wendland, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

139 Duns Scotus Hall

Dr. Wendland received his Bachelor’s degree from Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Waukesha, WI in 2008. He went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He specializes in American politics and quantitative political methodology. Specifically, he is interested in presidential nominations as well as other American elections and voting behavior. 

Dr. Wendland’s dissertation focused on the effects of campaign visits candidates made to the various states across the U.S. in 2008. These visits include stump speeches, town hall meetings, fundraising events, quick visits to local restaurants and pubs, among many others. Many people assume these visits impact voters, but they do not have the effect many people believe they do. 

Teaching Interests include: Elections and Voting Behavior, Politics and Pop Culture, Political Communication, Political Psychology, Public Opinion, Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Politics & the Media.

Currently, Dr. Wendland is working on further analyzing candidate strategy in the 2008 and 2012 presidential nominations. He is working on parsing out the differences between the strategy behind campaign advertisements and visits. 

Read a brief article by Dr. Wendland in the H&P Blog

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