Major in Government and Politics

Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

Government and Politics Major


Luke E. Perry, Ph.D.

Professor of Government & Politics

Professor Luke Perry
Phone: (315) 223-2567
Office: 122 DePerno Hall


Luke Perry is a tenured Professor and 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.

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 for Mormons.

Perry’s current book, Religious Responses to Marriage Equality, examines theological and political responses to the legalization of same sex marriage through comparison of ten case studies of religious groups across America's religious and political spectrum. The book will be published by Routledge in 2018.

Perry is an election analyst for WKTV News Channel 2 and was their correspondent at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in 2016 and the presidential inauguration in 2017. Perry is a columnist for the Observer Dispatch and has provided commentary for various national media outlets, including The Washington Post (read here), The Hill (read here) and The New York Times (read here).

Perry founded and directs The Utica College Center of Public Affairs and Election Research. The Center has a global team of contributors comprised of Political Scientists, journalists, and government officials that provide daily political analysis on state, national, and international politics. (Learn more at http://www.ucpublicaffairs.com ) Perry writes two columns for the center, Sound Off!, which analyzes presidential politics, and The NY-22 Minute, which analyses the nationally significant NY-22 Congressional race in the 2018 midterms.

Perry enjoys teaching a range of courses in American politics at Utica College, including courses on elections, political parties, the presidency, civil rights, Congress, U.S. political thought, and politics and religion. He lives in Clinton, 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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