Luke E. Perry, Ph.D.
Chair, Government & Politics
126 DePerno Hall

(315) 223-2567
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Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

Government and Politics Major


Luke E. Perry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor-Government & Politics

Luke Perry, Ph.D.
Phone: (315) 223-2567
Office: 126 DePerno Hall


Luke Perry is the current chair of the Department of Government and Politics. Perry earned a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and teaches a wide range of courses in American politics. Perry’s current research focuses on elections, the presidency, and religion and politics. Perry is a leading expert on Mormons and politics. He has published numerous books and articles, including Mormons in American Politics; From Persecution to Power (Praeger, 2013) and Mitt Romney, Mormonism, and the 2012 Election (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014).

Perry, a Fulbright Scholar, has taught and lectured in many countries, including Lithuania, Ukraine, Greece, Romania, and Croatia. He regularly serves as a political analyst for various media outlets and scholarly journals. Perry is involved with several organizations locally, nationally, and internationally, including the Sherman Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, Junior Statesmen of America, the Kellogg Foundation, and the U.S. Peace Corps. Perry currently lives in Utica, New York with his wife and daughter.