Chad Murphy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, received a Ph.D. (2009) in political science and an M.A. (2007) in mass political behavior from the University of California, Riverside and a B.A. (2002) in political science from Baldwin Wallace College.
An expert on many topics in the context of U.S. politics, Dr. Murphy has taught courses in subjects such as Congress, the presidency, research design and methods, political communication, and political psychology. His research focuses on Senatorial rhetoric and how politicians connect with their constituents as elections approach. Dr. Murphy also has made several presentations at conferences held by the American Political Science Association, Southwestern Political Science Association and Midwestern Political Science Association, among others.
Dr. Murphy serves as advisor and assistant coach of the university Mock Trial Team, sponsor of the Redistricting Team and is a manuscript reviewer for Political Behavior and American Politics Research. He was selected by the 2010-2011 graduating class as the recipient of the Mary W. Pinschmidt award, which recognizes professors who students are most likely to recall as having the greatest impact on their lives.
The author of “Polarized Political Communication, Oppositional Media Hostility, and Selective Exposure” in The Journal of Politics, Dr. Murphy also wrote “The Evolution of the Modern Rhetorical Presidency: A Critical Response” in Presidential Studies Quarterly. He coauthored “Are Mapmakers Able to Target and Protect Congressional Incumbents?” in American Politics Research and “Heresthetics in Ballot Proposition Arguments: An Investigation of California Citizen Initiative Rhetoric” in the Journal of Language and Politics. In addition, he wrote two articles for The Encyclopedia of Southern Politics and authored a book review on Presidential Rhetoric and the Public Agenda: Constructing the War on Drugs printed in Political Communication. Dr. Murphy also presented the paper “The Statistical Analysis of Legislative Representation” at the Midwest Political Science Association, where he also served as a panel discussant.
In addition, he holds membership in several organizations, including the American Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, and Western Political Science Association. Dr. Murphy is best reached via email.