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Dr. Jason Adkins

Jason AdkinsPosition: Assistant Professor
Department: History, Philosophy, Politics, Global Studies and Legal Studies
Education: Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University; M.A. in Political Science, East Stroudsburg University; B.S. in Communication, Utah Valley University.


Dr. Adkins focuses his research on determining how religious identity, belief, and practices influence political attitudes. He also studies how religious elites affect the political attitudes of not only members of their respective organizations, but also the political attitudes of outsiders. Other research interests include how politics affects sports and vice-versa, and nationalism.

Dr. Adkins also served as director of the Mountain States Poll while teaching at Montana State University Billings, and was featured on regional newscasts discussing Montana politics.

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • 2021. “Cue the Backlash.” In Exploring the Public Effects of Religious Communication on Politics, ed. Brian Calfano. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 194-215.
  • 2021. “The Bakken Blind Field: Investigating Planetary Urbanization and Opaqueness in the Oil and Gas Fields of Eastern Montana.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 111 (2): 591-608. (co-authored with Susan J. Gilbertz and Matthew B. Anderson)
  • 2019. “Mormon Mobilization in Contemporary American Politics.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, eds. Paul A. Djupe, Mark J. Rozell, and Ted G. Jelen. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (co-authored with Matthew R. Miles).

Contact Info

308 Rader Hall