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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
  • Dyck, J., Pearson-Merkowitz, S. (2017) "Crime and Partisanship: How Party ID Muddles Reality, Perception and Policy Attitudes on Crime and Guns.", Social Science Quarterly 98:2 pp. 443-454
  • Dyck, J. (2016) "New Directions for Empirical Studies of Direct Democracy", Chapman Law Review 19: pp. 109-128
  • Dyck, J., Pearson‐Merkowitz, S., Filindra, A. (2016) "When Partisans and Minorities Interact: Interpersonal Contact, Partisanship, and Public Opinion Preferences on Immigration Policy.", Social Science Quarterly 97:2 pp. 311 - 324
  • Dyck, J., Seabrook, N.R., Lascher, E.L. (2015) "Do Ballot Initiatives increase General Political Knowledge?.", Political Behavior 37 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 745-757
  • Dyck, J., Baldassare, M. (2012) "The Limits of Citizen Support for Direct Democracy ", California Journal of Politics and Policy 4:1 pp. 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 pp. 189-208
  • Dyck, J. (2010) "Political Distrust and Conservative Voting in Ballot Measure Elections", Political Research Quarterly 63:3 pp. 612-626
  • Dyck, J., Lascher, Jr. , E.L. (2009) "Direct Democracy and Political Efficacy Reconsidered", Political Behavior 31:3 pp. 401-427
  • Dyck, J. (2009) "Initiated Distrust", American Politics Research 37:4 pp. 539-568
  • Dyck, J., Baldassare, M. (2009) "Process Preferences and Voting in Direct Democratic Elections", The Public Opinion Quarterly 3 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 589-618
  • Dyck, J., Gimpel, J.G., Shaw, D.R. (2007) "Election-Year Stimuli and the Timing of Voter Registration", Party Politics 13:3 pp. 351-374
  • Dyck, J., Gimpel, J.G., Shaw, D.R. (2006) "Location, Knowledge and Time Pressures in the Spatial Structure of Convenience Voting", Electoral Studies 25:1 pp. 35-58
  • Dyck, J., Cho, W.K., Gimpel, J.G. (2006) "Residential Concentration, Political Socialization, and Voter Turnout", The Journal of Politics 68:1 pp. 156-167
  • Dyck, J., Gimpel, J.G. (2005) "Distance, Turnout, and the Convenience of Voting", Social Science Quarterly (Blackwell Publishing Limited) 86:3 pp. 531-548
  • Dyck, J., Gimpel, J., Shaw, D. (2004) "Registrants, Voters, and Turnout Variability Across Neighborhoods", Political Behavior 26:4 pp. 343-375