Dr. Amy Black - Wheaton College. Wheaton, IL, US

Dr. Amy Black Dr. Amy Black

Professor of Political Science | Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL, US

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.

Areas of Expertise (7)

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

Education (2)

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

Claremont McKenna College: B.A., Government 1991

Affiliations (3)

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

Media Appearances (9)

Antidotes to Voter Anger

Biola University Center for Christian Thought  online


Why does politics seem to incite such anger? Why do political discussions so quickly degenerate to shouting matches or worse? Part of the problem stems from the nature of political communication. Typically, it has two functions: (1) communicating ideas to help inform and educate, and (2) securing support for a candidate or issue. Both goals are important, but the concern for clear and forthright communication can easily get lost in the midst of political battles, especially if they grow heated.

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Evangelicals and Politics: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed

National Association of Evangelicals  online


Every election cycle, journalists and pundits talk at length about the “evangelical vote,” offering bold predictions and musing about this group’s likely influence. Ironically, many who speak so freely about evangelical voters know very little about the contours of American religion and have little understanding of the evangelical movement. Since the 1980s, evangelicals have been a key Republican voting bloc in presidential elections. Yet this active political engagement and strong Republican partisanship is relatively new, and it masks the smaller — but still substantial — minority of evangelicals who align with Democrats.

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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


Few things are as central to understanding Scott Walker as his relentless political calculus and his evangelical Christian faith. Those two facets of the governor are coming together as never before in his all-but-certain bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. They will be on full display Saturday when the two-term governor joins fellow would-be presidential candidates at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition 2015 Spring Kickoff.

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A shifting landscape: Gay rights, RFRA and the GOP

IndyStar  online


WASHINGTON – Gov. Mike Pence's opinions on gay rights and religious freedom haven't changed in two decades of public life.

Like many socially conservative Republicans, Pence — who often describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order" — has long argued that special anti-discrimination protections for gays run counter to religious freedom.

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Life and Faith: Urban Village

Centre for Public Christianity  online


We all struggle with the conflict between our desire for autonomy on the one hand, and our desire to be part of a community on the other. Social commentator Hugh Mackay’s latest book, The Art of Belonging: It’s not where you live, it’s how you live, weighs up the question "Who am I?" against the even bigger question, "Who are we?" He talks to Simon Smart about the drought of belonging in contemporary Australia, the appeal of “village” living, and how real community can be cultivated in the places we actually live in.

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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


The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has cut off funding to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Many women's health advocates are upset by the decision. The group said the decision was made as part of a broad effort to use donations more efficiently.

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Academics and 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

Articles (8)

Radical Humility in Everyday Politics: Christian Humility in the American Political Circus Biola University Center for Christian Thought


Even though so many voices in contemporary politics are arrogant and angry, followers of Christ don’t have to join the hateful chorus. It is possible to express political convictions with a firm yet gentle voice. It is possible to be charitable toward those with whom we disagree. It is possible to evaluate candidates even-handedly and weigh competing policy proposals carefully. Simply put, we can approach politics with humility.

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A New Year for Congress Capitol Commentary


As we ring in 2015 and look ahead to a new year, many of us will make (and later break?) New Year’s resolutions. Likely no one is in greater need of a fresh start than the new Congress that will be sworn in this month.

Congressional approval ratings are at near-record lows, and the institution and its leaders are the constant brunt of jokes on social media and late-night comedy shows. But is it true, as President Obama and others have criticized, that the outgoing Congress has been the “least productive Congress in modern history”?

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Hillary Redux: The Front-Runner Assessed Books & Culture A Christian Review


Hillary Rodham Clinton is the clear front-runner for the 2016 presidential race. She has yet to announce she is running, and she may opt not to seek the nation's highest office again. But until she makes an official announcement either way, other Democratic hopefuls are in a state of suspended animation, few daring to make any public moves until Clinton has showed her hand.

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


The current climate in Congress, one of polarization and gridlock, impedes legislative effectiveness. The legislative work pace has slowed, internal rancor has risen, and public trust is low. Such a climate makes substantive change difficult but not impossible. Those who seek to promote international religious freedom in the congressional arena need to find ways to forge bipartisan coalitions and be creative, vigilant, and timely in their use of the tools available to them. The story of the passage of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2011 illustrates some of the opportunities and challenges of Congressional work on IRF policy.

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How GOP can win more women voters The Christian Science Monitor


Let Democrats waste their energies trying to woo women on 'reproductive rights.' They will shore up their base and alienate the middle. Republicans can win more women voters and bridge the gender gap by focusing on what is most important to women in 2012: jobs and the economy.

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Elites Revisited: American social and political leadership in the 1990s International Journal of Public Opinion Research


Although the work of leaders in business, law, government, and media profoundly impacts American society and culture, few surveys examine the attitudes and beliefs of these men and women in positions of greatest influence. Reporting data from a new study of ...

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Have you really come a long way? Women's access to power in the United States Gender Issues


Although vast social and political changes over the past decades have opened many opportunities for women, many activists and academics maintain that women continue to face significant barriers to entry into positions of power and influence. The vast majority ...

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Shall We Kill All the Lawyers First?: Insider and Outsider Views of the Legal Profession Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy


The title for this Article simple rearranges a statement by Dick the butcher, a populist revolutionary whom Shakespeare introduces in Henry VI, Part II. The remarks are seconded by Jake Kade, leader of the rebels...

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