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Joshua Dyck

Joshua Dyck
Professor Joshua J. Dyck, Ph.D.Associate Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    Political Science
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3229
  • Office
    Dugan Hall - 201F
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Research Interests

American Politics; Public Opinion and Voting Behavior; Elections; State Politics.

American Government and Politics; State and Local Politics and Policy; Elections; Public Opinion and Voting Behavior; Political Participation; Election Reform; Racial and Ethnic Politics; Direct Legislation; Political Geography; Political Context; Applied Research Methods.


  • Ph D: Government and Politics, (2006), University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland
    Supporting Area: American Politics and Public Policy
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Dissociated Choices in Direct Democracy: Preferences, Policy Responsiveness, and Trust in Ballot Initiative Elections
  • MA: Government and Politics, (2004), University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland
  • BA: Economics and Political Science, (2001), Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Excellence Award (2016), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Innovation in Teaching (2013), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Lisa Hertel Outstanding Professor Award (2007), Teaching - University at Buffalo, Political Science Department
  • Conley Dillon Award Winner (2005) - University of Maryland, Department of Government and Politics
  • Roger Davidson Award Winner (2003) - University of Maryland, Department of Government and Politics

Selected Publications

  • Dyck, J., Pearson-Merkowitz, S., Coates, M. (). Political Distrust and Support for the Insurgent Candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Primary. PS: Political Science and Politics.
  • Pearson-Merkowitz, S., Dyck, J. (2017). Crime and Partisanship: How Party ID Muddles Reality, Perception and Policy Attitudes on Crime and Guns. Social Science Quarterly, 98(2) 443-454.
  • Dyck, J. (2016). New Directions for Empirical Studies of Direct Democracy (19: pp. 109-128). Chapman Law Review
  • Pearson‐Merkowitz, S., Filindra, A., Dyck, J. (2016). When Partisans and Minorities Interact: Interpersonal Contact, Partisanship, and Public Opinion Preferences on Immigration Policy. Social Science Quarterly, 97(2) 311 - 324.
  • Seabrook, N.R., Dyck, J., Lascher, E.L. (2015). Do Ballot Initiatives increase General Political Knowledge? Political Behavior, (37) 279-307.
  • Dyck, J., Richard, N. (2014). Guide to State Politics and Policy. Sage/CQ Press
  • Dyck, J., Pearson-Merkowitz, S. (2014). To Know You is Not Necessarily to Love You: The Partisan Mediators of Intergroup Contact. Political Behavior, (36) 553-580.
  • Dyck, J., Johnson, G.B., Wasson, J.T. (2012). A Blue Tide in the Golden State: Ballot Propositions, Population Change, and Party Identification in California. American Politics Research, 40(3) 450-475.
  • Dyck, J., Hagley, A. (2012). Political Geography, Direct Democracy, and the Reasoning Voter: Spatial Proximity, Symbolic Politics, and Voting on California's Proposition 83. Politics & Policy, 40(2) 195-220.
  • Dyck, J. (2012). Racial Threat, Direct Legislation, and Social Trust: Taking Tyranny Seriously in Studies of the Ballot Initiative. Political Research Quarterly, 65(3) 617-630.
  • Dyck, J., Pearson-Merkowitz, S. (2012). The Conspiracy of Silence: Context and Voting on Gay Marriage Ballot Measures. Political Research Quarterly, 65(4) 745-757.
  • Dyck, J., Baldassare, M. (2012). The Limits of Citizen Support for Direct Democracy . California Journal of Politics and Policy, 4(1) 1-20 .
  • Dyck, J., Seabrook, N.R. (2010). Mobilized by Direct Democracy: Short-Term Versus Long-Term Effects and the Geography of Turnout in Ballot Measure Elections. Social Science Quarterly, 91(1) 189-208.
  • Dyck, J. (2010). Political Distrust and Conservative Voting in Ballot Measure Elections. Political Research Quarterly, 63(3) 612-626.
  • Dyck, J., Lascher, Jr. , E.L. (2009). Direct Democracy and Political Efficacy Reconsidered. Political Behavior, 31(3) 401-427.
  • Dyck, J. (2009). Initiated Distrust. American Politics Research, 37(4) 539-568.
  • Dyck, J., Baldassare, M. (2009). Process Preferences and Voting in Direct Democratic Elections. The Public Opinion Quarterly, (3) 551.
  • Dyck, J., Gaines, B.J., Shaw, D.R. (2009). The Effect of Local Political Context on How Americans Vote. American Politics Research, 37(6) 1088-1115.
  • Dyck, J., Hussey, L.S. (2008). The End of Welfare as We Know It? Durable Attitudes in a Changing Information Environment. Public opinion quarterly, 72(4) 589-618.
  • Gimpel, J.G., Dyck, J., Shaw, D.R. (2007). Election-Year Stimuli and the Timing of Voter Registration. Party Politics, 13(3) 351-374.
  • Gimpel, J.G., Dyck, J., Shaw, D.R. (2006). Location, Knowledge and Time Pressures in the Spatial Structure of Convenience Voting. Electoral Studies, 25(1) 35-58.
  • Cho, W.K., Gimpel, J.G., Dyck, J. (2006). Residential Concentration, Political Socialization, and Voter Turnout. The Journal of Politics, 68(1) 156-167.
  • Dyck, J., Gimpel, J.G. (2005). Distance, Turnout, and the Convenience of Voting. Social Science Quarterly (Blackwell Publishing Limited), 86(3) 531-548.
  • Gimpel, J., Dyck, J., Shaw, D. (2004). Registrants, Voters, and Turnout Variability Across Neighborhoods. Political Behavior, 26(4) 343-375.