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Kelly Patterson


Kelly D. Patterson is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He completed his undergraduate degree at BYU and a Ph.D. at Columbia University in political science. His research interests include campaigns and elections, public opinion, and political parties. His publications have appeared in journals such as Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Political Behavior. He regularly teaches courses in American politics. Professor Patterson worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as a Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association. His administrative assignments have included being chair of the Department of political science, director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, and an associate dean in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. Professor Patterson is married to Jeanene F. Patterson. They have two children, Andrew and Kate.

Research and Teaching Interests

Public opinion, voting behavior, political theory, philosophy of social sciences

Courses Taught

POLI 210 Principles of American Politics
POLI 461 The Federalist Papers
POLI 465 Philosophy of Social Science
American Heritage