Dr. Jay Wendland, associate professor of political science, was recently named director of the Daemen College Honors Program. At Daemen, he teaches classes on American politics, campaigns and elections, public opinion, politics and the media, politics and pop culture, and the politics of misrepresentation.
Prior to joining Daemen, Wendland served as an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, where he earned both a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science. He also completed bachelor’s degrees in political science and also in mathematics with a minor in philosophy at Carroll College (now Carroll University).
Wendland specializes in American political behavior, including voting behavior, presidential nominations, and the intersection of politics and pop culture. He authored the book, “Campaigns that Matter: The Importance of Campaign Visits in Presidential Nominating Contests,” and has published articles in The Journal of Political Marketing, Electoral Studies, and The Forum. His current project is a coauthored book manuscript entitled “Participation in Primary Elections in an Era of Polarized Politics.”
Outside of Daemen, Wendland enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, traveling, and keeping up with the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs.