The Department of Political Science
Louis H. Bolce
Phone: (646) 312-4416
Professor Louis Bolce teaches American Government and Politics, Public Opinion, Political Parties and Elections, and Religion and Politics. He has had a long-standing research interest in the anti-Evangelical/Christian fundamentalist phenomenon in contemporary American politics and in the realignment of the American political parties along a secular(ist) Democratic vs. religiously traditionalist Republican fault line since the early 1990s. His co-authored article (with Gerald De Maio) for The Public Interest has been credited with introducing the “religion gap” metaphor into the lexicon of elite political journalism (Richard John Neuhaus, “Voting What You Believe,” First Things, the Weekly Standard, and the National Review). He has published in the American Political Science Review, Political Science Quarterly, Polity, The Public Interest, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, First Things, Crisis Magazine, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. He has also co-authored book chapters for Religion, Politics, and American Identity and From Pews to Polling Places: Faith and Politics in the American Religious Mosaic, among others. His research has been discussed on NPR, the McLaughlin Group, and has been noted in articles appearing in First Things, The Weekly Standard, Washington Monthly, Atlantic, Economist, Chronicles of Higher Education, Los Angeles Times, National Review, Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report,and New York Times. Bolce is currently researching citizen evaluations of Republican and Democratic Party stances toward religion and the role that negative religious group affect plays in shaping political and church state attitudes and in fomenting polarization between the Republican and Democratic Parties.
American Government: Practices and Values (POL 1101)
Public Opinion (POL 3310)
Political Parties and Elections (POL 3311)
Religion and Politics (POL 3008)