Geoffrey C. Layman

Geoffrey Layman


Regular Faculty - Professor


American Politics


Ph.D., Indiana University

Research and Teaching Interests

American Politics, Political Parties, Public opinion, Voting Behavior, Religion and Politics, Research Methods


Geoff Layman specializes in political parties, political behavior, and religion and politics, focusing especially on long-term changes in the parties and their electoral coalitions.  His current research focuses on the political causes and consequences of growing secularism in the U.S., activists in American party politics, the increasing polarization of the American political parties on multiple policy agendas, and the role of elite-level cues in shaping public opinion.  He is the author of The Great Divide: Religious and Cultural Conflict in American Party Politics (Columbia, 2001).  He also has published numerous articles in the discipline's leading journals, including the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsBritish Journal of Political Science, and the Annual Review of Political Science.  Starting in January 2019, Layman will be the co-editor (along with Ben Radcliff) of the journal Political Behavior.

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Office: 2084 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574-631-0379
Fax: 574-631-4405

Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
2060 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556


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