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Ryan Dawkins

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Political Science and International Relations

Ryan Dawkins received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2017. He is primarily an expert in American politics and research methods, but also has a minor specialization in public policy & urban governance. He holds undergraduate degrees in history and political science from Colorado State University, as well as an M.A. in American history from The Ohio State University.  Professor Dawkins’ teaching interests include political psychology, congressional politics, political parties & electoral behavior, and urban politics. His research lies at the intersection of identity politics and representation, especially in congress and at the local level. More recently, his research has grown to include a deep concern toward the linkage between affective polarization and democratic decline.  Prior to getting his Ph.D., Professor Dawkins spent some time working on a congressional campaign and then in a congressional office, where he specialized in constituency outreach.

Current Courses

  • Fall 2023
    POSC 122: Politics in America: Liberty and Equality
  • Winter 2024
    POSC 207: Polarization and Democratic Decline in the United States
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    POSC 230: Methods of Political Research
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    POSC 315: Polarization and Democratic Decline in the United States
  • Spring 2024
    POSC 205: Congress and The Presidency
  • Fall 2024
    POSC 122: Politics in America: Liberty and Equality
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    POSC 224: Political Campaigns & Electoral Behavior
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    POSC 230: Methods of Political Research
  • Winter 2025
    POSC 122: Politics in America: Liberty and Equality
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    POSC 230: Methods of Political Research
  • Spring 2025
    POSC 230: Methods of Political Research
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    POSC 266: Urban Political Economy
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    POSC 315: Polarization and Democratic Decline in the United States