Wayde Z.C. Marsh

Wayde Z.C. Marsh

Fields of Study: American Politics, Political Theory



Areas of Interest: Political parties, public opinion, elections and voting behavior, religion and politics, race and ethnicity politics, political psychology, quantitative methods

Wayde Z.C. Marsh is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in American politics, political theory, and methodology at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on political psychology, political parties, public opinion, elections and voting behavior, race and ethnicity politics, and religion and politics. His research has been published in Politics, Groups, and Identities. He is a Voll Family Presidential Fellow in the Social Sciences.

Wayde’s dissertation, The Politics of Trauma, uses time series cross sectional and original experimental survey data to identify the individual-level effects of different types of traumatic experiences on political behavior. He further examines the ways that traumatic events are increasingly polarizing events rather than mainstreaming events in contemporary partisan politics.

Wayde graduated summa cum laude with honors from Washington & Lee University with a B.A. in both Politics and Religion and magna cum laude from Duke University with a Masters in Divinity, where his studies focused on political organizing among religious communities and trauma in the Hebrew Scriptures.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Wayde was a Refugee Case Manager and Employment Specialist with CWS Refugee Resettlement Agency in Durham, NC. While working with CWS, he provided direct services to and implemented programs for refugees, asylees, and parolees, primarily those in the Central American Minors and Cuban-Haitian Entrant Programs.