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Joshua J. Weikert, Ph.D.

Joshua J. Weikert, Ph.D.

Title: Department Chair, Associate Professor

Department: Civic Engagement

Office: Faculty Center 31

Phone: (610) 647-4400 Ext: 3678

Education:Honor Graduate, Modern Standard Arabic, Defense Language Institute - Foreign Language Center, Monterey, CA
B.A., International Relations, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
M.A., Political Science, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Ph.D., Political Science, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


Dr. Weikert has taught courses in American government, public policy, European politics, law and social justice, international law, politics and media, international relations, urban politics, and political analysis. He served as a research consultant for six years, providing policy analysis, polling and survey research, and institutional analysis and comparison. He has basic fluency in Spanish and modern standard Arabic.

Research Interests: 

  • American politics: Political communication, political psychology, public opinion, U.S. electoral behavior, political institutions and public policy
  • Comparative politics: Electoral systems, voting behavior
  • International relations: International law, intelligence & security studies


  • Panelist, “Legalization and Decriminalization of Marijuana in Pennsylvania.” Albright College, 2015. Reading, PA.
  • Panel Chair, “Mind your Exposure: Examining the effects of News and Information.”  Midwest Political Science Association Conference, 2015. Chicago, IL.
  • Interview subject, CQ Researcher, “Latino Voters: Will They Determine the Presidency in 2016?”
  • Interview subject, CNN, “How Game of Thrones is Like American Politics.” May 24, 2014.
  • Panelist/Political Science Faculty Representative, Groundswell Rising screening, Albright College, Reading, PA. October 2014.
  • “One Campaign, Two Candidates.” Presented at the 2015 Midwest Political Science Association Conference.
  • “Fugitive vs. Minimal: An Examination of Media Effects in Independents and Partisans in Three Presidential Election Contests.” Presented at the 2014 Pennsylvania Political Science Association Annual Meeting.
  • “Media Tone and Effects in Presidential General Election Campaigns, 1996-2008.”  2011 Pennsylvania Political Science Association Annual Meeting.
  • “Uncharted Territory: A Detailed Description and Analysis of the Media Environment During the 1996-2008 Presidential General Elections.”  Proceedings of the 2011 Midwest Political Science Association Conference.
  • “Balancing Act: How Media Imbalance Affects the Electorate in Presidential Election Campaigns.” Proceedings of the 2009 Northeast Political Science Association Conference. 2009.
  • “Say Whatever You Want, Just Spell My Name Right: Feeding Frenzies & Media Effects Reconsidered.” Proceedings of the 2009 Midwest Political Science Association Conference.
  • “Racing in the Offseason: Evaluating Campaign Coverage in Off-year Elections.”  2007 Pennsylvania Political Science Association Annual Meeting.
  • Contributing source, Christian Science Monitor, multiple stories. Author: Husna Haq.
  • Interview subject, Reading Eagle, multiple stories.  Author: Liam Migdall-Smith
  • Invited Lecture, “Intelligence Prior to 9/11 and the False Failure.” West Chester University; West Chester, PA.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Northeastern Political Science Association
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Pi Gamma Mu
  • Golden Key International Honour Society


  • 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award, West Chester University Honors College
  • Dean’s Assessment Award, Albright College, 2015
  • Temple University Presidential Fellow (2005-2009)
  • Graduate Fellow, Villanova University, 2003


“Balancing Act: How an Unbalanced Media Affects the Electorate.”

Master’s thesis:

“The Great Debate? Presidential Debates and Vote Share.”

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