Chris GilbertFaculty

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

POL-200 (Analyzing Politics) and POL-399 (Senior Seminar)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
POL-200 Analyzing Politics 39 2023/SP, 2022/FA, 2021/FA, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/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-110 U.S. Government and Politics 26 2023/SP, 2022/SP, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/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-399 Sem:Federalsm Frontier 16 2021/FA, 2019/FA, 2017/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-215 Political Parties and Elections 15 2022/FA, 2020/FA, 2018/FA, 2016/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, and 2000/SP
POL-325 Religion/Politics in America 13 2022/FA, 2020/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2004/FA, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
FTS-100 FTS:Making Atomic Bomb 10 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2014/FA, 2011/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
REL-325 Religion and Politics in America 8 2022/FA, 2020/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
POL-268 Career Exploration 8 2007/JN, 2006/JN, 2004/JN, 2003/JN, 2002/JN, 2001/JN, and 2000/JN
POL-107 Hollywood & Politics 6 2019/JN, 2018/JN, 2017/JN, 2015/JN, 2013/JN, and 2003/JN
POL-099 Senior Thesis 6 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/SP, 2004/FA, and 2004/SP
POL-244 ST:State and Local Politics 3 2022/SP, 2020/SP, and 2002/SP
POL-344 Special Topic: Critical Presidential Elections 3 2011/FA, 2009/FA, and 2007/FA
POL-320 State and Local Politics 3 2010/SP, 2008/SP, and 2006/SP
POL-310 Contemporary American Politics 3 2004/SP, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
POL-220 U.S. Public Policy 3 2003/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
POL-390 US Constitutional Law 2 2023/SP and 2022/SP
POL-300 Empirical Pol Analysis 2 2022/JN and 2016/FA
CUR-210 Individual and Society 2 2006/JN and 2004/JN
CUR-380 Individual and Society 2 2001/JN and 2000/JN
POL-391 IS:U.S.PoliticsofClimate 1 2023/SP
POL-312 U.S. Congress 1 2004/FA
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.