Chase Porter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Office Phone: (951) 552-8199
Office Location: The Point-A 225
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday: 11:30-1:30; Wednesday: 11:00-12:00; Friday: 11:00-2:00

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Political Science University of Alabama 2018
M.Div. Divinity Samford University 2013
B.A. Christian Studies/Political Science Mississippi College 2009
  • Courses Taught

    American Government
    Campaigns & Elections
    Classical Political Philosophy
    Constitutional Law I
    Constitutional Law II
    Political Parties/Interest Groups
    Research Methods for Political Science
    Senior Project

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    First Amendment Law, Judicial Politics, Religion and Politics, Political Theory, Automated Text Analysis

  • Teaching Experience

    University of Alabama (2014-2018) - International Relations, Introduction to American Politics, Political Theory

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Porter, Chase. "The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Trump." Annual Meeting of the Religious Research Association. October 26, 2019.

    Porter, Chase. "God and the -isms: How Theological Worldview Shapes Political Philosophy." Global Leadership Development Institute. July 24, 2019.

    Millard, Matt and Chase Porter. "Testing the Hard Case: The Psychological Roots of Reactive Devaluation and the Iranian Nuclear Deal." Journal of Political Science 46 (2018): 127-156.

    Porter, Chase. "An Introduction to the '-isms', Or, How to (Intelligently) Discuss Politics on Social Media." Foundations of Our Nation: A Constitution Series. Corona Public Library. October 11, 2018.

    Porter, Chase. "Measuring Doctrinal Utilization in the Circuit Courts with Text Analysis." American Political Science Association Annual Meeting & Exhibition. August 30-September 2, 2018.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Fellowship Church, Beaumont - Nursery Volunteer, Core Class Teacher (Fall 2019 - Christian Classics: Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion)

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Hanging out with the wife and two children, Watching Disney Junior, Telling dad jokes, Becoming far too emotionally invested in sports, Nerding out over technology

  • Personal Philosophy

    "And one of the elders said to me, 'Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.' And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain...." - Revelation 5:4-5

    “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” - C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

    "Moreover, even perfectly sincere Christian believers can be heard to argue that Christian students ought to be exposed to the dominant secular world-views of our time so that they can live in the society that those views have created and bear witness to it. There is some merit in this argument, and there is no doubt that a Christian witness is sorely needed on secular campuses, but where will the driving force for that witness come from if there is nowhere that it can develop? The case for having Christian institutions of higher learning is not weakened by the fact that we live in a pluralistic and secular society. On the contrary, it may be stronger than ever and vital if Christian voices are ever going to make themselves heard in the modern world.” - Gerald Bray, "The Challenge to the Mind in Christian Higher Education Today" in Thinking Christianly