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Kent L. Tedin


Professor of Political Science
PGH 432

Research Interests

Public Opinion
Survey Research Methods
Political Socialization

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Biographical Summary

Dr. Kent L. Tedin is a professor of political science. He was chair of the political science department from 1986-2002, and again as interim chair 2018-2019. He taught previously at the College of William and Mary. His areas of interest are public opinion, survey research methods and statistics. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Public Opinion Quarterly and numerous other peer-reviewed journals. He is coauthor along with Robert S. Erikson of "American Public Opinion: Its Origins, Content and Impact," 10th edition (Routledge, 2019). His current research agenda is on the politics of the family in the era of polarized politics. He and his coauthors have presented papers from this project at conferences sponsored by American Political Science Association, the European Political Science Association and the Southern and Southwest Associations. An article from this project was published in the Journal of Politics (November 2018).


Ph.D., University of Iowa 

Courses Offered

POLS 1336: American Government (I)

POLS 3316: Research Methods

POLS 3360: Media and Politics

POLS 3365: Public Opinion

POLS 3381: Political Psychology

POLS 6373: Survey Research Methods (graduate)

POLS 6365: Public Opinion (graduate)