Peter W. Wielhouwer

Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science
Western Michigan University

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science

Dr. Peter W. Wielhouwer is Associate Professor of Political Science at Western Michigan University, where he is Director of the Institute for Government and Politics. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, and specializes in campaigns and elections, faith and politics, and racial politics. His current research analyzes the intersection of religious worldviews and politics, and whether political messages have persuasive or mobilizing effects on those who receive them. Between 1995 and 2004 he taught at Spelman College (GA) and Regent University’s School of Government (VA), where he directed the graduate program in campaign management and the nonpartisan Center for Grassroots Politics. During 2004-05 he was the speechwriter to the two-star general in charge of coordinating operational experiments for the U.S. military, at United States Joint Forces Command’s Joint Experimentation directorate, through General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. He is listed in the Heritage Foundation’s Policy Experts Guide and has been a campaign strategy and ethics consultant for (among others) American University’s Campaign Management Institute, the American Association of Political Consultants, the Leadership Institute, and several election campaigns. His research has appeared in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and American Politics Research, and in the Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics.

  • PhD, University of Georgia 1994 Political Science
  • MA, University of Georgia 1991 Political Science
  • BS, Heidelberg College 1987 Political Science/Spanish