Director of the Center of Public Affairs and Election Research
Luke Perry is the director of the Utica College Center for Public Affairs and Election Research. Perry is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Government and Politics at Utica College. Perry earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Political Science with expertise in American politics and comparative politics.
Perry is a Fulbright Scholar who has taught and spoke at various universities around the world, most recently, the University of Bordeaux in France and Jagiellon University in Krakow, Poland. His current research focuses on U.S. elections, the presidency, and religion and politics. Perry’s last book focused on Mitt Romney, Mormonism, and the 2012 Election (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014). His current book, Religious Responses to Marriage Equality (Routledge, 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 is the election analyst for WKTVNewsChannel2 and a national political columnist for the Observer Dispatch. He served as a correspondent at the 2016 Republican and Democratic Conventions and the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Perry regularly contributes to several news outlets, including The New York Times, The USA Today, and NPR.
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