Dr. Matthew Bergbower

Dr. Matthew Bergbower
Chair & Professor
Political Science, Department of
Arts and Sciences, College of
Holmstedt Hall 302
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  • Ph.D. - Political Science, Southern Illinois University - 2009
  • M.A. - Political Science, Eastern Illinois University - 2004
  • B.A. - Political Science, Eastern Illinois University - 2003

Licensures and Certifications

Teaching Interests

  • American Politics, State and Local Government, Presidency,<br>Political Behavior, Research Methods, Indiana Politics, and Intro. to Politics.

Intellectual Contributions

  • Trust in the American Political Parties and Support for Public Policy: Why Republicans Benefit from Political Distrust - Journal of Trust Research - 2021
  • America’s Foe on Twitter: English and Farsi Political Messages from Iranian Leaders - Journal of Political & Military Sociology - 2021
  • A Profile of the American Electorate - Routledge - 2019
  • Building the Border Wall: Congressional Efforts to Support Trump’s Immigration Legacy - The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research, Volume 5, West Lafayette, Indiana - 2020
  • Campaign Intensity and Voting Correctly in Senate Elections - Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties - 2014

Research Interests

  • American Politics, Campaigns and Elections, Political Behavior, Indiana Politics

Professor Bergbower 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. He has published works addressing political behavior, voting correctly, congressional powers, campaign effects, Indiana politics, and much more.. His most recent work centers on political trust, campaign spending, and presidential impeachment processes in the House Judiciary Committee.  . 

Ph.D. Southern Illinois University (Political Science), 2009 M.A. Eastern Illinois University (Political Science), 2004 B.A. Eastern Illinois University (Political Science), 2003


Bergbower, Matthew L. 2018. A Profile of the American Electorate: Partisan Behavior and the Need for Reform. New York: Routledge.

Journal Articles

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., 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., 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.

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.

Book Chapters, Essays, and other Research

Bergbower, Matthew. 2019. "A New Way to Legislate: Enhancing the Powers of the Presidency and Congress" N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y Quorum. https://nyujlpp.org/quorum/bergbower-enhancing-the-powers-of-the-presidency-and-congress/

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.

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.