Patrick Pierce, Ph.D.

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Patrick Pierce, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
  • M.A. in Political Theory, Ph.D. in American Politics, Rutgers University
  • B.A. in Mathematics and Political Science, San Diego State University


Joined the department of Political Science in 1981. Prof. Pierce has received several COSTAR grants to pursue his research with Prof. Don Miller (Math) on the politics of legalized gambling. That research has culminated in a book entitled Gambling Politics: State Government and the Business of Betting by Patrick A. Pierce and Donald E. Miller, and was published by Lynne Rienner Publishing (2004). Pierce also received a SISTAR grant to work collaboratively with Madeline Carpinelli (1999) on the consequences of constituency contact. He has been inducted into the college honor society chapters of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science) and Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics). He managed the campaign of James Caldwell for St. Joseph County Commissioner, and provided polling consulting to numerous Congressional candidates.

Areas of Expertises

  • elections and voting behavior
  • women and politics
  • politics of legalized gambling
  • lotteries/gambling funding education
  • morality and social policy

Research Interests

  • gambling politics
  • lotteries for education

Media Exposures

  • Pierce discusses legalized gambling in Missouri/Kansas -by KCTV-5, Kansas City - May 24, 2010 - watch it now

Curriculum Vitae