Chad Kinsella

Chad Kinsella

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of Bowen Center

Public Administration / American Politics 

Curriculum Vitae


Room:NQ 294

About Chad Kinsella

Dr. Kinsella joined the Political Science Department in the Fall of 2016. His teaching focuses on state and local government and public administration. His research focuses primarily on electoral geography, but he also examines state and local government, federalism, and pedagogy. Dr. Kinsella has taught Introduction to American National Government (POLS 130), State and Local Government (POLS 237), and Public Administration (POLS 350) at the undergraduate level.

For the M.P.A. program Dr. Kinsella has taught Foundations of Public Administration (POLS 650) and Managing Organizations for Public Service (POLS 651). Dr. Kinsella also moderates in the Certified Public Management (CPM) program sponsored by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs. He presents and moderates at the Bowen Institute for Political Participation and assists in analyzing and distributing information from the Hoosier Survey.

Dr. Kinsella resides with his family in downtown Muncie.  You may see him around town or on campus with his wife and three children.  Outside of class he enjoys being with his family, CrossFit, watching football, and politics.


Professional Experience

  • Ball State University: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, (2016-Present)
  • Lander University: Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, (2011-2016)
  • University of Cincinnati: Graduate Assistant, The Center for First Year Experience (2010-2011), Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science (2008-2011), Graduate Student Community Scholar, Taft-Niehoff Urban Design Center (2009-2010)
  • Kentucky Community and Technical College: Adjunct Professor, Gateway and Jefferson Colleges, (2007-2011)
  • Northern Kentucky University: Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice (2005-2009)
  • U.S. Congressman Geoff Davis: Staff Assistant (2006), Campaign Finance Director (2005-2006)
  • The Council of State Governments: Policy Analyst, (2002-2004)



  • Ph.D.     Political Science,  University of Cincinnati
  • M.A.      Geography,  University of Cincinnati
  • M.P.A.   Master's of Public Administration,  Eastern Kentucky University
  • B.A.       Political Science and History,   Georgetown College


Selected Research and Publications

Journal Articles

  • 2018. “Geographic Polarization, Partisan Voting, and the Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage Within the Culture War” with Colleen McTague and Kevin Raleigh, Geographical Review
  • 2016. “Bringing in the Librarians: Rethinking Collaboration for Political Science Research Projects” with Adam Haigh, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 19-31
  • 2015. “Unmasking Geographic Polarization and Clustering: A Micro-Scalar Analysis of Partisan Voting Behavior,” with Colleen McTague and Kevin Raleigh, Applied Geography. Vol. 62. pp. 404-419.
  • 2013. “The Political Geography of the South: 2008 Presidential Election” American Review of Politics, Vol. 34. pp. 227-240.


Book Chapters

  • Forthcoming. “Culture Wars in the Midwest: Same-Sex Marriage Votes in the States” Red Cracks in the Blue Wall: The Rise of Conservatism in the American Midwest, 1946-2016 Book Chapter, University of Kansas Press
  • Forthcoming. “Population Shifts and Political Change: The Political Fallout of Population Change in the Midwest, 1945-2016” Red Cracks in the Blue Wall: The Rise of Conservatism in the American Midwest, 1946-2016 Book Chapter, University of Kansas Press


Honors and Awards

  • Course Redesign for Student Success Summer Fellowship (2018)
  • Interactive Learning Space Fellowship (2018-2019)
  • Digital Scholarship Lab Fellowship (2017-2018)
  • Young Faculty Teaching Award, Lander University (2014)
  • Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, Lander University (2013-2014)