Faculty Profiles

Patrick Pierce

Professor Emeritus
Political Science
82 Spes Unica Hall, Room 264E



PhD, Rutgers University
MA, Rutgers University
BA, San Diego State University

Research Interests 

  • Sex, gender role, and election campaigns
  • Legalized gambling
  • Political psychology
  • Morality policy
  • Campaigns and elections

Courses Recently Taught 

  • POSC 151: Political issues
  • POSC 210: Research methods in political science
  • POSC 313:  Mass media and public opinion
  • POSC 325: American political development
  • POSC 365: Gender and politics

Professional Experience 

  • CBS News Elections and Survey Unit, data coordinator, 1978
  • political consultant for numerous candidates

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Pierce, Patrick, Donald E. Miller. Gambling Politics: State Government and the Business of Betting. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2004.
  • "Political Sophistication and the Use of Candidate Traits in Candidate Evaluation." Political Psychology 14 (1993): pp. 21-36.
  • "Gender Role and Political Culture: The Electoral Connection."  Women and Politics 9 (1989): pp. 21-46.
  • Pierce, Patrick, Donald E. Miller. “Lotteries for Education: Windfall or Hoax?” State and Local Government Review  29 (1997): 34-42.
  • Pierce, Patrick, Donald E. Miller. “Variations in the Diffusion of State Lottery Adoptions:  How Revenue Dedication Changes Morality Politics.” Policy Studies Journal 27 (1999): 696-706.
  • Pierce, Patrick, Richard A. Brisbin. “Counting the Chips:  The Policy Consequences of Legalized Gambling in West Virginia.”  The West Virginia Public Affairs Reporter, Vol. 25, no. 3 (2008):  2-15.

Professional Memberships 

American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Southern Political Science Association