James Kirk

James Kirk

Fields of Study: American Politics, Comparative Politics



Areas of Interest: political behavior, parties and elections, religion and politics, public opinion

James Kirk is a first-year Political Science PhD student at the University of Notre Dame.  James is a recipient of the Notebaert Premier Fellowship and specializes in American Politics. His particular areas of interest include political behavior in America’s rural communities, the intersection of religion and politics, and political parties and elections.

James earned his BS in Political Science and Economics, graduating with honors in both, from Frostburg State University.  Prior to attending Notre Dame, he worked as a congressional campaign staffer and in higher education advancement at his alma mater.

James has conducted research on polling methodology during the 2016 election, on partisan divisions over public education, and on the impact of emerging media on political campaigns. His research on public opinion of instability and how it links to government prioritization of military spending was published in Issues in Political Economy