Position Type
- Present

I am thrilled to be directing the Data for Political Research (DPR) program – it’s my dream job teaching students how to think about and analyze data so we can use those skills to investigate cutting edge political science questions in upper level courses. My specialty is religion and politics as I try to understand the rapidly evolving place of religion in democratic processes. Aside from traditional academic publications, I run two blogs – one about religion and politics in the US (religioninpublic.blog) and one about Denison (onetwentyseven.blog) that students contribute to on a regular basis using survey data I collect. I’m originally from the Chicago suburbs, attended Gustavus Adophus College in Minnesota for my BA, and then attended Washington University in St. Louis for an MA and PhD. I’ve been at Denison since 1999. When I’m not at Denison and not working at home, you can probably find me riding a bike on Ohio gravel and tarmac or watching my boys compete in swimming and cross-country.

B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College; M.A., Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis

Learning & Teaching

  • DPR 101: Data Visualization for Political Research
  • DPR 201: Design and Data Analysis for Social Impact
  • DPR 250: Writing with Data in the Public Interest
  • DPR 311: Political Organizations in the US
  • DPR 312: Religion & Politics in the US
  • DPR 313: American Political Behavior
  • DPR 314: Power & Gender






  • Djupe, Paul A. and Ryan P. Burge. 2021. “The Prosperity Gospel of Coronavirus Response.” Politics & Religion 14(3): 552-573. DOI: 10.1017/S175504832000053X. Blog post.
  • Claassen, Ryan L., Paul A. Djupe, Andrew R. Lewis, and Jacob R. Neiheisel. 2021. “Which Party Represents My Group? The Group Foundations of Partisan Choice and Polarization.” Political Behavior 43: 615-636. DOI: 10.1007/s11109-019-09565-6. Blog post.
  • Burge, Ryan P. and Paul A. Djupe. 2021. “Falling Through the Cracks: Dealing with the Problem of the Unclassifieds in RELTRAD.” Review of Religious Research. 63: 411-433. DOI: 10.1007/s13644-020-00441-y. Blog post.
  • Djupe, Paul A., Andrew R. Lewis, Anand E. Sokhey, and Ryan P. Burge. 2021. “Does Disgust Drive Religious Freedom Attitudes? Experimental Results About the Context of Service Refusal Opinion.” Social Science Quarterly 102(2): 755-770. DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12934. Blog post.
  • Calfano, Brian R., Kevin Swift, and Paul A. Djupe. 2021. “Teasing Influence: News Teases, Elite Cues, And Information Use.” Journal of Media and Religion 20(1): 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/15348423.2021.1875659


Honors & Awards
  • 2021 Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar Award in Religion and Politics (APSA Religion and Politics Section)
  • Ted Jelen Best Journal Article in Politics and Religion Award, APSA Religion & Politics Organized Section. For Djupe, Paul A. and Jacob R. Neiheisel. 2019. “Political Mobilization in American Congregations: A Test of the Religious Economies Perspective.” Politics & Religion 12(1): 123-152.
  • PRQ Best Article Award presented by the Western Political Science Association. And 2018 Weber Best Conference Paper Award, APSA Religion & Politics Organized Section. For Djupe, Paul A., Jacob R. Neiheisel, and Kimberly H. Conger. 2018. “Are the Politics of the Christian Right Linked to State Rates of the Non-Religious? The Importance of Salient Controversy.” Political Research Quarterly 71(4): 910-922.
  • 2018 Political Networks Best Conference Paper Award (APSA 2017). For Djupe, Paul A., Anand E. Sokhey, and Amanda J. Friesen. “Social Dominance Orientations, Gender, and the Participation Gap in American Politics.”


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