Dr. Phillip Ardoin

Dr. Phillip J. Ardoin joined the faculty of Appalachian State University in 2003.  He has served as Co-Editor of PS: Political Science and Politics (2014-2022), Chair of the Department of Government and Justice Studies (2014-2022), Chair of the AppState Council of Chairs (2017/18),  President of the North Carolina Political Science Association (2008/2009), Director of the Department of Government and Justice Studies' graduate program in Political Science, and he and his family served as Faculty in Residence (2009-2011) for Frank Hall. His research interests address a broad array of issues within the field of American Politics and the political science discipline. He is currently working on several projects that include an analysis of (1) African American republican elites, (2) political and partisan factors that influence support for college student voting, and (3) the use of AI (ChatGPT) software in the political science classroom. 

Areas of Expertise and Interest:

  • American Politics


  • Ph.D., 1999, Political Science, Louisiana State University
  • M.A., 1994, Political Science, Louisiana State University
  • B.A., 1992, Liberal Studies, Marymount University

Courses Taught:

  • Undergraduate
    • American National Politics (PS 1100)
    • American Legislative Politics (PS 3230)
    • Campaigns and Elections (PS 3370)
    • Washington at Work (PS 3535)
    • The Presidency and Executive Branch (PS 4230)
    • Fight Club Politics (Hon 3000)
  • Graduate
    • Scope and Methods (PS 5001)
    • Presidential Elections (PS 5500)
    • Applied Politics (PS 5525)
    • Washington at Work (PS 5535)
Title: Professor of Political Science
Department: ardoinpj@appstate.edu

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7187

Fax: (828) 262-2947

Office address
351 J Anne Belk Hall


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