Dr. Donald Gooch
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Witherspoon Hall 257
Russellville, Arkansas 72801
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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