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Amy Black, Ph.D. - Wheaton College. Wheaton, IL, US

Amy Black, Ph.D. Amy Black, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science | Wheaton College


Dr. Black has wide research & teaching interests in American Politics, including religion & politics, campaigns & elections, & Congress.



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Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace and Reason




Amy E. Black is Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College (IL). She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at M.I.T. A specialist in American Government, her research interests include religion and politics, the Presidency, and Congress. She is a past president of Christians in Political Science and served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of Representative Melissa A. Hart.

Education (2)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ph.D., Political Science 1997

Claremont McKenna College: B.A., Government 1991

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests (7)

American Politics and Government U.S. Congress The American Presidency Women and Politics Religion and Politics Campaigns and Elections Evangelicals and Politics

Professional Affiliations (3)

  • American Political Science Association : Member
  • Christians in Political Science : Past President
  • Midwest Political Science Association : Member

Media Appearances (8)

Should the United States by a Christian Nation?

Ozy  online


In the back-and-forth between independent Senator Bernie Sanders and Russell Vought — in a nomination hearing earlier this month to determine if Vought would be the next deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget — Sanders criticized Vought for stating his religious belief that non-Christians are condemned. The phrase that bothered Sanders so much came from the New Testament and aligns with the historic teachings of the Christian faith.

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Who says religion and politics don't belong in polite conversation?

MPR News (Minnesota Public Radio)  online


There are two subjects etiquette rules say we shouldn't talk about in polite conversation: religion and politics. But political science professor Amy Black says it's both valuable and essential to discuss our political and religious world views.

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Democratic National Convention Day 2 Recap

Moody Radio Cleveland  radio


Political scientist Dr. Amy Black recaps Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention with Moody Radio Cleveland.

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Christians in Political Convention Season

Moody Radio Cleveland  radio


Political science professor Dr. Amy Black talks with Brian and Kathleen of Moody Radio Cleveland.

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On campaign trail, Walker sheds light on influence of faith

Journal Sentinel  online


Amy Black, an associate professor of political science at Wheaton College, an evangelical college in Illinois, said the issue is more nuanced.

"There are very clear biblical principles that support caring for the poor, alleviating poverty, but also the value of hard work," Black said. "What often happens in debates over poverty is we agree on the end goal of reducing poverty, but we disagree on the means."

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A shifting landscape: Gay rights, RFRA and the GOP

IndyStar  online


"The national shift in views of gay rights has been lightning fast," said Amy E. Black, a political science professor at Wheaton College. "Positions which were mainstream in both parties only a few years ago are quickly becoming marginalized."

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What will happen on Election Day? 5 scenarios for the Senate

Christian Science Monitor  online


In this case, Vice President Joe Biden would break ties for the Democrats. If he has designs on the presidency, though, that could impact his campaign, says Amy Black, a professor of political science at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. Mr. Biden would have to adjust his schedule to stay within hailing distance of the Senate, since there is no electronic voting...

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Komen Cut To Planned Parenthood 'Mischaracterized'

npr  online


Now, the latest controversy apparently started last month. An evangelical Christian group called Lifeway was selling pink Bibles for Komen, but Lifeway discovered Komen was giving Planned Parenthood money. Here's Amy Black, a political scientist at Wheaton College near Chicago. She studies evangelical Christians.

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Academics and Published Research (2)

Courses Taught

- American Politics and Government
- Congress and the Policymaking Process
- The American Presidency
- Media and Public Opinion
- Women and Politics
- Campaigns and Elections
- Senior Seminar: Christianity and Politics
- Politics and Pop Culture
- Political Research


- Individual: Congressional Legislative Process, Religion and Politics
- With Students: Old Testament Ethics and Domestic Poverty

Select Articles, Chapters, Reviews, and Other Publications (6)

The Neglected Middle Ground thebestschools.org

Amy Black


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Evangelicals, Politics, and Public Policy: Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future The Future of American Evangelicalism

Amy Black


Review: "Mind the Gap?" Robert Putnam on "the American Dream in Crisis." Books and Culture - A Christian Review

Amy Black, Kira Dirrman


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Modeling A More Excellent Way: Thoughts on Respectful Dialogue Evangelicals on Public Policy Issues: Sustaining a Respectful Conversation

Amy Black


Opportunities and Obstacles: Congress and International Religious Freedom Policy Review of Faith and International Affairs

Amy Black


The Cure for Election Madness Christianity Today

Amy Black