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Patrick Barker

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Department of Public Administration and Policy


Bachelor of Arts, Religious Studies and Psychology, Elon University; Master of Arts, Youth Ministry, Asbury Theological Seminary; EdS, Higher Education Leadership, Georgia Southern University

Favorite Spot on Campus
Book Currently Reading
Eragon, Byzantium, Openly Gay and Openly Christian
Contact Info

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For the Media
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American College Personnel Association


  • Association of College and University Housing Officers – International


  • ACUHO-I/ APPA Joint Conference Programming Committee

    Committee Member


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • Multiple Dimensions of Identity, the intersection of GLBT issues and leadership development – qualitative study
  • Thesis study for Degree of Education Specialist

Professional Presentations

  • At Face Value: Facebook, MySpace and Blogging – Southeastern Association of Housing Officers 2006 Annual Conference Pre-conference Workshop
  • Your Way Right Away: Understanding Students As Consumers, co-presenter - Southeastern Association of Housing Officers 2007 Annual Conference
  • Getting Where You Want to GHO: Professional Development – Georgia Housing Officers 2006 Annual Conference

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • New Employee of the Year – Western Carolina University Division of Student Affairs
  • Central Staff Member of the Year – Georgia Southern University Department of Housing

AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

American politics, campaigns, elections, public opinion, political parties/ideology, political information/misinformation, religious and political polarization, political communication, presidential and legislative behavior

Additional Information:

David Barker is Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Professor of Government at American University. He has authored or co-authored three university press books and dozens of peer-reviewed political science journal articles on the subjects of American political parties, campaigns/elections, representation, culture/polarization, ideology/attitudes, information/communication, and institutions (Congress and the Presidency). He has served as principle investigator on more than 60 grant/contract-supported research projects -- totaling more than $10 million -- including support from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, HUD, and many others. His first book, Rushed to Judgment: Talk Radio, Persuasion, and American Political Behavior (2002; Columbia University Press), was nominated for several national awards. His second book, Representing Red and Blue: How the Culture Wars Change the Way Citizens Speak and Politicians Listen (2012; Oxford University Press) has been featured in prominent national media outlets including the Washington Post and Vox. His third book, One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy, is forthcoming in 2018. He is frequently quoted in and cited by the New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, and several other national media outlets news media outlets.

Media Relations
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