Chris Gilbert


Professor in Political Science

Dr. Chris Gilbert, professor of political science, teaches courses on U.S. politics, religion and politics, political parties, research methods, and a First Term Seminar on the Manhattan Project. His research interests focus on religion and politics in the United States, American third parties, and Minnesota politics. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and book chapters as well as four books.  His latest book, The Political Influence of American Churches (Cambridge University Press), published in 2009, is based on a two-year study of political activity among ELCA and Episcopal clergy and congregation members; this study was jointly conducted with Dr. Paul Djupe (Gustavus class of 1993), Denison University. Gilbert is the recipient of two all-campus outstanding teaching awards from Gustavus students and faculty, and received the Gustavus Faculty Research Award in 2007. He also served for many years as a political analyst for state and national media outlets. Gilbert received his B.A. degree in 1986 from Moravian College, located in his hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990. His doctoral dissertation, Religious Environments and Political Actors, received the 1991 E.E. Schattschneider Award from the American Political Science Association, for the outstanding dissertation in the field of American government.


B.A. Moravian College, 1986; Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, 1990

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
POL-200Analyzing Politics302018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, and 1999/FA
POL-110U.S. Government and Politics192018/SP, 2017/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
POL-399Senior Seminar142017/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2006/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
POL-215Political Parties and Elections112016/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, and 2000/SP
FTS-100FTS:Making Atomic Bomb102017/FA, 2016/FA, 2014/FA, 2011/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
POL-325Relig & Pol in America102017/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2004/FA, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
POL-268Career Exploration82007/JN, 2006/JN, 2004/JN, 2003/JN, 2002/JN, 2001/JN, and 2000/JN
POL-099Senior Thesis62011/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/SP, 2004/FA, and 2004/SP
POL-107Hollywood & Politics52018/JN, 2017/JN, 2015/JN, 2013/JN, and 2003/JN
REL-325Religion and Politics in America52017/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
POL-344Special Topic: Critical Presidential Elections32011/FA, 2009/FA, and 2007/FA
POL-320State and Local Politics32010/SP, 2008/SP, and 2006/SP
POL-310Contemporary American Politics32004/SP, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
POL-220U.S. Public Policy32003/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
CUR-210Individual and Society22006/JN and 2004/JN
CUR-380Individual and Society22001/JN and 2000/JN
POL-300Empirical Pol Analysis12016/FA
POL-312U.S. Congress12004/FA
POL-244Special Topic: Third Parties in America12002/SP

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.