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Joshua J. Weikert, Ph.D.

Dr. Joshua Weikert
Dr. Joshua Weikert

Title: Associate Professor/Department Chair

Department: Civic Engagement

Office: Faculty Center 31

Phone: (610) 647-4400 Ext: 3678

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 a wide-ranging academic and practical involvement in politics and public policy, combining rigorous research and teaching experience with real-world policy and governing experience. His course roster includes 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 has also served as a research consultant, policy analyst, and legislative advisor for governments and political campaigns. He has basic fluency in Spanish, German, 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

Selected Publications and Presentations:

  • “Creating Consistency: Responding to Variable Reporting Methods in Inconsistent Data Sources.” Forthcoming. SAGE Research Methods.
  • “Cracking Down: Gerrymandering and the States.” 2021. Presented at the State of the Parties Conference, Bliss Center for Politics, University of Akron.
  • “Candidacy, Gender and Incumbency Advantage in the 2020 Election.” 2021. Presented at the 78th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference.
  • “Wave or Trend: Female Candidates in Pennsylvania Elections in the Trump Era.” 2021. Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics & Policy. Temple University Press: Philadelphia. 21:1. 53-73. doi:10.15367
  • “Inside Two Parties: Ethnographic Analysis of Partisan Differences in Political Candidate Recruitment.” 2019. SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE Publishing: New York. doi:10.4135
  • “Misunderstanding the News: Credibility and News Literacy Among Social Media Users.” Symposium presentation: Journalism and the Search for Truth in an Age of Social Media, April 2017.
  • Book Review: “In-Your-Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media. Diana C. Mutz. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2015.” 2016. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. 93:2. 44-47.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Political Science Association
  • National Conference of State Legislatures, Leadership Staff Professional Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Northeastern Political Science Association
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Pi Gamma Mu
  • Golden Key International Honour Society


  • Fulbright Specialist Program Fellow, 2021-2024
  • Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award (Nominee), 2020
  • 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award, West Chester University Honors College
  • Dean’s Assessment Award, Albright College, 2015
  • Temple University Presidential Fellow (2005-2009)


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