Department Chair of the Department of Political Science and Professor of Political Science
American Politics / Legal Studies
About Darren Wheeler
Dr. Wheeler joined the Political Science Department in the Fall of 2009 and became the Department Chair in 2018. His teaching focuses on judicial politics, the American Presidency, and constitutional law. His research area deals with civil liberties in the War on Terror, judicial/policy implementation, and social media use. Dr. Wheeler has taught The Judiciary (POLS 433), Constitutional Law (POLS 443), and Civil Liberties (POLS 444), American National Government (POLS 130), The Presidency (POLS 432), and The Politics of Terrorism (POLS 494) at the undergraduate level.
Two of his recent books, Presidential Power in Action: Implementing Supreme Court Detainee Decisions (2008) and Congress and the War on Terror: Making Policy for the Long War (2018) examine how U.S. political institutions have responded to the 9/11 attacks.
When not in the office, Dr. Wheeler enjoys hiking, biking and spending time with his family.
- Ball State University: Chair, Department of Political Science, (2018-Present)
- Ball State University: Assistant Chair, Department of Political Science, (2016-2018)
- Ball State University: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, (2013-Present)
- Ball State University: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, (2009-2013)
- University of North Florida: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, (2005-2009)
- Northwest College: Assistant Professor / Instructor, Department of Political Science, (2001-2005)
- Ph.D. Political Science, Miami University (OH)
- M.A. Political Science, Western Illinois University
- B.S. Law Enforcement Administration, Western Illinois University
- B.A. Political Science, Western Illinois University
Selected Research and Publications
- Social Media and Student Affairs (with Dr. Brandon Waite) (Book manuscript under contract with Rowman & Littlefield – Manuscript due July 2019).
- Congress and the War on Terror: Making Policy for the Long War (Praeger Publishing, August 2018).
- Understanding and Using Social Media on College Campuses: A Practical Guide for Higher Education Professionals (with Dr. Brandon Waite) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).
- Presidential Power in Action: Implementing Supreme Court Detainee Decisions (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2008).
Peer Reviewed Articles
- “The ‘Liked’ Department: Using Facebook Analytics for Strategic Communication” (with Dr. Brandon Waite) – PS: Political Science & Politics 47:3 (July 2014): 667-73.
- “Reading Presidential War Powers Narrowly: Politics and Presidential Self-Interest.” Homeland Security Review 7:2 (Summer 2013): 151-170.
- “Checking Presidential Detention Power in the War on Terror: What Should We Expect from the Judiciary?” Presidential Studies Quarterly 39:4 (2009): 677-700.
Honors and Awards
- Indiana Campus Compact – Electoral Engagement Grant (2018)
- Living Learning Community Student Programs Grant (2017)
- ASPIRE New Faculty Startup Grant (2009)
- UNF Undergraduate Research Advisor Grant (2007)
- Nominee for UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2006 & 2008)
- Zeta Tau Alpha Faculty Appreciation Award (2006)
- Disability Friendly Faculty Award (2006)