benDr. Ben Gaskins

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Specializations: Religion and Politics, Public Opinion, Media and Politics

(704) 406-4466


Education: Ph.D., M.S. Florida State University; B.A. Furman University


Dr. Gaskins received his Ph.D. in 2011 from Florida State University, specializing in American and Comparative politics. His research focuses on the role of religion in politics, specifically on how religious commitment affects the ways in which individuals receive, think about, and understand political information, and ultimately how these factors influence voting behavior. Additionally, Dr. Gaskins has teaching and research interests in media and politics, political behavior, public opinion, and experimental political science.    He teaches courses on Public Opinion, Religion and Politics in America, American Political Parties, the President and Congress, and Constitutional Law. 


Selected Articles by Dr. Gaskins


Gaskins, Ben, Matt Golder, & David Siegel. 2013. “Religious Participation and Economic Conservatism.” Forthcoming at the American Journal of Political Science.


Gaskins, Ben, Matt Golder, & David Siegel. 2013. “Religious Participation, Social Conservatism, and Human Development.” Forthcoming at the Journal of Politics.


Gaskins, Ben, Jennifer Jerit. “Internet News: Is it a Replacement for Traditional Media Outlets." Forthcoming at the International Journal of Press/Politics.



Curriculum Vitae