Department Chair and Professor, American Politics

Year Joined ISU

Expertise and Activity Statement
Professor Bergbower (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 2009) joined the Department in the Fall of 2010. Prior to that, he served a year-long fellowship in the Illinois Governor's Office. Professor Bergbower teaches courses in American politics and political methodology. His research interests include state politics, campaigns, and voting behavior. Dr. Bergbower's most recent work centers on issue voting in statewide campaigns.

Office Location
Holmstedt Hall 302


Book Publication

Bergbower, Matthew L. 2019. A Profile of the American Electorate: Partisan Behavior and the Need for Reform. New York: Routledge.

Publications on Correct Voting
Bergbower, Matthew L., Scott D. McClurg, and Thomas M. Holbrook. 2015. “Presidential Campaign Spending and Correct Voting from 2000 to 2008.” Social Science Quarterly. 96(5): 1196-1213.

Bergbower, Matthew L. 2014. “Campaign Intensity and Voting Correctly in Senate Elections.” Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties. 24 (1): 90- 114.

Bergbower, Matthew L. 2014. “Correct Voting in Senate Elections.” Indiana Journal of Political Science. 14: 17-38.

Other Research

Bergbower, Matthew L. and Levi G. Allen. 2021. "Trust in the American Political Parties and Support for Public Policy: Why Republicans Benefit from Political Distrust." Journal of Trust Research. 11(1) 42-58.

Bergbower, Matthew L. and Milovan Dakic. 2021. “America’s Foe on Twitter: English and Farsi Political Messages from Iranian Leaders.” Journal of Political & Military Sociology. 48(2): 198 – 222. Data: Iran Twitter Data.xlsl

Bergbower, Matthew L. and Robert Van Sickle. 2021. “Partisanship Over Principle: The ‘Logic’ of Congressional Impeachment Inquiries.”  In The Evolution of Political Rhetoric, ed. Robert X. Browning. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

Schmitt, Carly A. and Matthew L. Bergbower. 2020. “Building the Border Wall: Congressional Efforts to Support Trump’s Immigration Legacy.” In President Trump’s First Term, ed. Robert X. Browning. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

Bergbower, Matthew L. 2019. “A New Way to Legislate: Enhancing the Powers of the Presidency and Congress” N.Y.U. Journal Legislation & Public Policy Quorum.

Bergbower, Matthew L. 2017. "When are Students Ready for Research Methods? A Curriculum Mapping Argument for the Political Science Major." Journal of Political Science Education. 13(2): 200-210.​

Bergbower, Matthew L. and Carly A. Schmitt. 2015. “Congressional Activity during International Crises: A Case Study Analysis of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.” Democracy and Security. 11 (4): 353-372.

Bergbower, Matthew L. 2015. “Indiana Politics at a Crossroad: Democrats Competing in a Conservative State.” In Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter, eds. David A. Schultz and Stacey Hunter Hecht. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Bergbower, Matthew L., Scott D. McClurg, and Thomas M. Holbrook. 2015. “The Partisan Content of Candidate Messages in Senate Elections,” Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties. 25 (3): 333-350.

McClurg, Scott D. and Matthew L. Bergbower. 2012. “Elections and Electoral Behavior.” in The Oxford Companion to American Politics, ed. David Coates. New York: Oxford University Press, 332-339.