Center for Public Opinion

Joshua Dyck, Co-director, Center for Public Opinion




Joshua J. Dyck is a political scientist and survey researcher who frequently comments on elections and public opinion. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Government in Politics from the University of Maryland and holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from Western Washington University. 

He is associate professor of Political Science and co-director of the Center for Public Opinion at UMass Lowell (2012-present). Previously, Dyck was associate professor of Political Science at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He also spent a year as a Dissertation Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California during the 2005-2006 academic year. 

Dyck studies American politics, with a focus on public opinion, voting behavior, and state politics. Much of his research is motivated by the interplay between public opinion and different social and institutional settings, examining the way that democratic citizens react to democratic environments and political institutions. 

His research has appeared in many leading scholarly journals including The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and American Politics Research. 

He is also is the co-editor of The Guide to State Politics and Policy, a 33 chapter volume with Sage/CQ Press covering the entire field of state politics.