Major in Government and Politics

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 an Associate Professor and current chair of the Department of Government and Politics at Utica College. Perry was a graduate fellow at the University of Massachusetts where he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science with expertise in American politics and comparative politics. A Fulbright Scholar, Perry has lectured at universities throughout Europe and worked with various organizations, including the Junior Statesmen of America, the Kellogg Foundation, and the U.S. Peace Corps. Perry’s current research focuses on U.S. elections, the presidency, and religion and politics. In particular, Perry has become a leading expert on Mormons and politics after working at Southern Utah University from 2008 to 2011.

Perry’s first book, Mormons in American Politics; From Persecution to Power (Praeger, 2012) provided a systematic account of how Mormons overcame being the most persecuted religious group in America to fill prominent positions in American government. Perry’s second book, Mitt Romney, Mormonism, and the 2012 Election (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), examined what Romney’s nomination meant for America, U.S. politics, and what it meant for Mormons. Perry’s next book (in progress) will be a comparative study of how conservative religious groups respond theologically and politically to shifting public opinion, policy, and constitutional rights for the LGBT community.

Perry has published several recent book chapters, including “Perceptions of Mormonism; Romney’s Faith Based Challenges” in Culture, Rhetoric, and Voting in the 2012 Election (University of Akron Press, 2015) and “Mitt Romney, Faith and Mormonism in the 2012 Election” in The American Election 2012: Contexts and Consequences (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014). He has also contributed articles and insights to various publications, including The New York Times, Al-Jazeera, The New England Journal of Political Science, Harvard Political Review, The Mount Vernon Society, The Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, and Current Issues in Justice and Politics.

Perry has made several recent scholarly presentations, including “Mitt - Reality TV for the Presidency” at the 2014 meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, “Comparing Two Mormon Senators: Orrin Hatch and Harry Reid” at the 2013 meeting of the European Mormon Studies Association, “What Romney’s Nomination Means for Mormons and the Presidency” at the 2013 American Election Conference hosted by St. Anselm College, “Same Sex Marriage, the LDS Church, and the 2012 Election” at the annual meeting of the New York State Political Science Association, and “Understanding Mormon Political Thought” at the 2011 meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association.

Perry enjoys teaching a range of courses in American politics at Utica College and lives in New Hartford, NY with his wife and two children.


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

(315) 223-2567
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