Dane G. Wendell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Illinois College

Welcome!

Hello! I'm Dane Wendell, and I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Illinois College, in Jacksonville, Illinois.

My Work:

My research and teaching interests focus on political psychology. I've worked on a range of topics including morality and public policy, the politics of disgust, and belief bias in politics. My research work has used survey data, automated text-analysis, behavioral experiments, and electroencephalography (reading electrical signals from the scalp). My work has been published in Political Behavior, Policy Sciences, American Politics Research, and Social Science Quarterly.

I received my doctorate with distinction from Loyola University Chicago, my master's degree from Loyola University Chicago, and my bachelor's degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

In the classroom, I have been an award-winning instructor for courses such as political behavior, political psychology, the American Presidency, and American Elections. My pride and joy is my interdisciplinary course on Biology and Politics, where political science, psychology, and biology majors meet together to explore the evolutionary roots of our politics.

I serve in the History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion (HPPR) department at Illinois College. My courses also contribute to the psychology and neuroscience programs.

Recent & Cool:

In April 2022, I received the Harry J. Dunbaugh Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching!

Ask the Experts program interviewed me about political psychology and conspiracy theories. Link here. You can also watch it on YouTube here.

Jacksonville Journal Courier announces my Constitution Day talk with Jacksonville Area Museum entitled "Can Free Speech Last in America Today?" See this link for more.

Our paper “Disgust Sensitivity and Support for Immigration Across Five Nations” was accepted for publication in Politics and the Life Sciences. More information is available here. See my ResearchGate page for the paper.

Our paper "Classifying public policies with Moral Foundations Theory." was published at Policy Sciences. More information is available here. See my ResearchGate page for the paper.

Our paper "Expanding the Scope and Content of Morality Policy Research: Lessons from Moral Foundations Theory" was published at Policy Sciences. More information is available here. See my ResearchGate page for the paper.

Finding Out More:

Visit my LinkedIn page here to connect.

Visit my Google Scholar page and my ResearchGate page for detailed information about my publications. Texts of all papers are available on ResearchGate.

Visit my Harvard Dataverse page for data and statistical scripts (since 2020) where I took a leading data role.

For contact information, please visit my university page here.