HPU Professor Presents Political Science Research

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 10, 2009 – Dr. Matthew DeSantis, assistant professor of political science at High Point University, recently presented a paper, entitled “Why Wasn’t Mitt Romney the ‘Chosen One’? Influence of Minority Religions in Presidential Politics,” at the Midwestern Political Science Association conference, held April 2-5 in Chicago.
DeSantis’ paper analyzes the impact Mitt Romney’s faith had on his 2008 presidential campaign. Referencing statistical analysis of the Pew Research poll on religion and public life conducted in 2007 and exit poll results from Republican primaries, the paper demonstrates the barrier that faces Mormon political candidates. The paper also provides a qualitative voice that represents the concerns many individuals felt about the Mormon faith and a Mormon candidate.
DeSantis also served as a discussant (in charge of critiquing panel papers) on a panel, entitled “The Dynamics of Negative Campaigns.”
“I was able to engage other leading scholars on religion and politics in order to strengthen my own research while contributing something to the research of other scholars from across the country,” says DeSantis.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.
  Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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