Zachary Baumann

Zachary Baumann

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Nebraska Wesleyan University


Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Nebraska Wesleyan University. My teaching and research interests lie primarily in the field of American politics and the development of effective pedagogy. In the classroom, I strive to push students to think critically and reach their own rationed conclusions. I have worked with students to develop their own conference presentations, public opinion polls, and published work.

My ongoing research projects broadly concern the relationship between institutions and elite behavior in the American states, where I am currently exploring legislative career decisions, party competition, and public policy outcomes. I am also interested in developing a better understanding of effective pedagogical techniques and their application to political science classrooms.


  • PhD in Political Science, 2009

    University of Mississippi

  • MA in Political Science, 2008

    University of Mississippi

  • BS in Political Science, 2005

    Baker University


Nebraska Wesleyan University

  • Introduction to U.S. Government & Politics
  • Introduction to Statistics and SPSS
  • So You Want to Run a Political Campaign?

Florida Southern College

  • Exploring the Constitution
  • Technology & Politics
  • Dysfunction in American Politics
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Methods for Political Science II
  • National and International Political Economy
  • European Political Parties
  • Social Consequences of Public Policy
  • Environmental Politics & Policy
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Politics and the Media
  • Public Opinion

Pennsylvania State University

  • Introduction to American National Government
  • American Political Campaigns and Elections
  • The Legislative Process
  • Analyzing Public Policy in the American States
  • Government and Politics of the American States
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Analysis of Electoral Politics
  • Politics of the American South
  • Internships in Political Science.

University of Mississippi

  • Introduction to American Politics
  • Baseball, Politics, and Society
  • Introduction to Political Science Methods (TA)
  • State and Local Government
  • Mississippi Politics (TA)
  • Politics of the American South (TA)
  • African American Politics (TA)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Baumann, Zachary D., Michael J. Nelson, and Markus Neumann. Forthcoming. “Party Competition and Policy Liberalism.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly.

Baumann, Zachary D., Jonathan Winburn, Salvatore J. Russo, and Mohammed Shariful Islam. Forthcoming. “ What are Friends For? The Effect of Geographic Proximity on Primary Turnout in Gubernatorial Elections.” Political Research Quarterly.

Mallinson, Daniel J. and Zachary D. Baumann. 2015. “ Lights, Camera, Learn: Understanding the Role of Lecture Capture in Undergraduate Education.” PS: Political Science & Politics 48(3): 478-482.

Baumann, Zachary D., Kathleen Marchetti, and Benjamin Soltoff. 2015. “ What’s the Payoff? Assessing the Efficacy of Student Response Systems.” Journal of Political Science Education 11(3): 249-263.

Research with Students

Entries in Polling America: An Encyclopedia of Public Opinion, 2nd edition, eds. Richard L. Clark, Kelly N. Foster, Benjamin Radcliff, and Samuel J. Best. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (2020):

  • Horse Race Polls (with Mikaela Guido)
  • Institutional Review Boards (with Allen Rogers)
  • Twitter (with Taylor Paulin)

Baumann, Zachary D., Carlene Fogle-Miller, and R. Bruce Anderson. 2013. “Keating Five.” In Encyclopedia of White-Collar and Corporate Crime, ed. Lawrence M. Salinger, 522-524. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Book Chapters

Anderson, R. Bruce, Zachary D. Baumann, and Matthew Geras. 2018. “Florida: The South, Border State, or Wild Frontier?” In The New Politics of the Old South: An Introduction to Southern Politics, 6th ed., eds. Charles S. Bullock III and Mark J. Rozell, 275-301. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Anderson, R. Bruce and Zachary D. Baumann. 2014. “Florida: “The South,” Rim State, or Wild Frontier?” In The New Politics of the Old South: An Introduction to Southern Politics, 5th ed., eds. Charles S. Bullock III and Mark J. Rozell, 239-261. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Chapters in textbook for POS 1997: Exploring the Constitution at Florida Southern College:

  • How the Laws are Made
  • Political Parties & Interest Groups


A current copy of my CV can be found here