Dr. Donald Gooch
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Witherspoon Hall  257
Russellville, Arkansas 72801

Phone: 479.968.0447
Email: dgooch@atu.edu

EDUCATION:  PhD, University of MO, 2009  M.A., University of Arkansas, 2001. B.A., University of Central Arkansas, 1998.

Dr. Gooch is an expert in American politics and public policy and teaches a broad spectrum of classes in these fields such as courses in political behavior, constitutional law, research methods, and American political institutions such as the U.S. Congress.  He is the faculty sponsor of the Pre-Law Society at ATU and the Pre-Law advisor for the SS&P department.  His current research agenda involves studying trends in political polarization in the American electorate and the  distributional relationship on issue and partisan opinions between elites and the mass public.  He also is continuing to pursue a variety of projects that include a comparative analysis of campaign finance laws, the effect mass electorate issue positions relative to perceived candidate issue positions have on voting behavior, the consequences of majority-minority districts on voting behavior in Congress, and an analysis of rational bureaucratic decision-making in response to federal performance benchmarks. Professor Gooch has been at Arkansas Tech since 2007.

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