Kurt Pyle received his doctorate in political science from Michigan State University in 2012 and began teaching at Kenyon in 2015. At Kenyon, he teaches courses in American politics and political research methods, including Liberal Democracy in America and courses on public opinion and voting behavior, the U.S. Congress, campaigns and elections, and the relationship between media and politics.
Kurt's current research focuses on two topics: the role of politically-focused emotion on political behavior and the impact of super PACs on campaign advertising and messaging strategies. This work has yielded important insights on when and how voters develop anxiety in response to candidates throughout an electoral campaign, as well as how the rise of super PACs have altered the issue content, tone, and behavior of political campaigns.
In addition, Kurt served as a teaching assistant for five years at the prestigious Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program, helping scholars around the world learn advanced social science methodological techniques.
Areas of Expertise
American politics, public opinion, campaigns and elections.
2012 — Doctor of Philosophy from Michigan State University
2008 — Master of Arts from Michigan State University
2006 — Bachelor of Arts from Hope College