Michael Maggiotto
Michael Maggiotto
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
American Politics

About Michael Maggiotto

Dr. Maggiotto joined the Political Science Department in the Fall of 2003. He served as the Dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities from 2003 until 2016. Dr. Maggiotto’s teaching and research interests fall broadly within American politics, political behavior and American foreign and national defense policy. His research has been supported by two grants from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Maggiotto has taught Introduction to American National Government (POLS 130), National Defense Policy (POLS 342), Public Opinion and Political Behavior (POLS 370), Campaign Politics (POLS 372), and American Political Parties (POLS 473), at the undergraduate level.

Dr. Maggiotto lives with his wife in Muncie. They have three grown children and 10 grandchildren. Dr. Maggiotto served in the Navy during the Vietnam War aboard a DLG and as a defense policy analyst in Washington, D.C.


Professional Experience

  • Ball State University: Professor, Department of Political Science, (2003-Present)
  • Ball State University: Dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities, (2003-2016)
  • Brockport State College: Dean, School of Letters and Sciences; Professor, Department of Political Science (1999-2003)
  • Bowling Green State University: Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Department Chair and Professor, Department of Political Science (1988-1999)
  • University of South Carolina: Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, (1982-1988)
  • University of Florida: Assistant Professor, (1976-1982)



  • Ph.D.     Political Science,  Indiana University
  • M.A.      Political Science,  Indiana University
  • B.A.       Political Science,   University at Buffalo


Selected Research and Publications


  • Michael A. Maggiotto and Gary D. Wekkin (2000), Partisan Linkages in Southern Politics: Elites, Voters, and Identifiers (Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press).Winner of the V.O. Key Award for Best Book on Southern Politics, 2001

Journal Articles

  • Charles S. Bullock, III and Michael A. Maggiotto (2003), “Female Candidate Success in Runoff Primaries,” Women and Politics 24, 4: 1-18.
  • Charles S. Bullock, III and Michael A. Maggiotto (1992), “Survey Research and Racially Polarized Voting,” Jurimetrics: Journal of Law, Science and Technology 33 (Fall): 133-138.
  • Michael A. Maggiotto and Ronald E. Weber (1986), “The Impact of Organizational Incentives on County Party Chairpersons,” American Politics Quarterly, 14 (July): 201-218.
  • Eugene R. Wittkopf and Michael A. Maggiotto (1983), “Two Faces of Internationalism: Public Attitudes toward American Foreign Policy in the 1970s - and Beyond?” Social Science Quarterly, 64 (June): 288-304.
  • Eugene R. Wittkopf and Michael A. Maggiotto (1983), “Elites and Masses: A Comparative Analysis of Attitudes toward America’s World Role,” Journal of Politics, 45 (May): 303-334.
  • Stephen C. Craig and Michael A. Maggiotto (1982), “Measuring Political Efficacy,” Political Methodology, vol. 8, no. 3: 85-109.
  • Michael A. Maggiotto and Eugene R. Wittkopt (1981), “American Attitudes toward Foreign Policy,” International Studies Quarterly, 25 (December): 601-631.
  • Stephen C. Craig and Michael A. Maggiotto (1981), “Political Discontent and Political Action,” Journal of Politics, 43 (May): 514-522.
  • Michael A. Maggiotto and James E. Piereson (1978), “Issue Publics and Voter Choice,” American Politics Quarterly, 6 (October): 407-428.
  • Michael A. Maggiotto and James E. Piereson (1977), “Partisan Identification and Electoral Choice: The Hostility Hypothesis,” American Journal of Political Science, 21 (November): 745-767.

Book Chapters

  • Michael A. Maggiotto and Raymond H. Scheele, (2011). “Coats v. Ellsworth: The 2010 Indiana Senate Race,” in Charles S. Bullock III, ed., Key States, High Stakes. Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield, 165-176.