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

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


Luke Perry is a tenured Associate 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 (in progress), 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 spectrum. Perry has also contributed insights to various news outlets, including The New York Times and Al-Jazeera, and regularly serves as a political analyst for WKTV-CBS.

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 is currently working to create a new institute, The Institute for Public Affairs and Election Studies at Utica College (anticipated in 2016), and a new Masters of Public Administration program (anticipated in 2017). 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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