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Jason Husser

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies
Gray Pavilion - Pol. Science 110B
2333 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
jhusser@elon.edu (336) 278-5239

Brief Biography

Jason Husser is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Assistant Director of the Elon University Poll. He researches American political behavior and survey methodology. He completed a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2012. He recently published an article in the American Journal of Political Science. He is a native of south Louisiana.


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Political Science, 2012

M.A., Vanderbilt University, Political Science, 2012

B.A., Southeastern Louisiana University, Political Science, 2005, summa cum laude

Employment History

Assistant Professor of Political Science, 2012 –

Assistant Director of the Elon University Poll, 2012 –

Courses Taught

Research Methods in Political Science (POL 220)

This course introduces methodologies used in political science research. It focuses on concept formation, research design for problem solving and the measurement of data and data analysis. Political science and public administration majors should take this course in their sophomore years. Offered fall and spring.

Public Opinion Polling (POL 321)

The goal of this course is for students to learn how to supervise a public opinion poll. Students participate as interviewers in several polls and learn survey design, computer programming, analysis of poll data and how to write about survey results.

Political Behavior (POL 329)

This course focuses on political life from a micro-perspective by examining how political attitudes and behaviors are learned and how they affect our political choices, especially in regard to political socialization and electoral behavior.

Discovering Dixie: Southern Politics, Culture, and History (GST 292)


"To Click, Type, or Drag? Evaluating Speed of Survey Data Input Methods." 2013. Survey Practice (with Kenneth E. Fernandez)

"Is Candidate Rhetorical Tone Associated with Vote Choice in Presidential Elections?" In Roderick Hart, ed., The Handbook of Research on Institutional Language. Hershey, PA: IGI-Globabl Publishers, Forthcoming (with Christian R. Grose)

"How Trust Matters: The Changing Political Relevance of Political Trust." 2012.   American Journal of Political Science 56 (2):312-25 (with Marc J. Hetherington)

"Plus Ça Change: Race, Gender, and Issue Retrospections in the 2008 U.S. Election." 2010. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties 3:926-45 (with Christian R. Grose and Antoine Yoshinaka)

Professional Development

Associate Coordinator, The Vanderbilt Poll, 2011-2012

Visiting Instructor of Political Science, Sewanee: The University of the South, 2011

Instructor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University, 2009, 2011, 2012

Graduate Assistant, Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University, 2008 - 2011

Editorial Associate, Journal of Politics, 2007