Major in Government and Politics

Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

Government and Politics Major


Dr. 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, the U.S. Peace Corps, and The Washington Center. 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 forthcoming book, Religious Responses to Marriage Equality, examines theological and political responses to the legalization of same sex marriage through comparison of case studies of religious groups across America's religious and political spectrum. The book will be published by Routledge in June of 2018.

Perry’s current book project, Donald Trump and the 2018 Midterm Battle for Central New York, examines the impact of Donald Trump on the 2018 midterm campaign, with case studies of NY-19, NY-21, NY-22, and NY-24. The book will published by Palgrave-MacMillan in 2019.

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), U.S. News and World Report (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 who provide daily political analysis on state, national, and international politics. (Learn more at http://www.ucpublicaffairs.com ) He writes regularly about the nationally significant 2018 midterm race in NY-22 in his column NY-22 Minute (read here).


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

(315) 223-2567
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