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Faculty: Kurt Pyle

K. Pyle Kurt Pyle
Assistant Professor, Political Science

(616) 526-6015
Office: DeVos Center 261J
Curriculum Vitae

Office Hours Fall 2013
Tuesday and Thursday 12:05-1:20pm

Educational Background

Kurt Pyle earned his bachelor of arts in mathematics and political science at Hope College in 2006.  He received his M.A. in political science (2008) and Ph.D. in political science (2012) at Michigan State University, where he specialized in American politics and political methodology.  He joined the Political Science faculty at Calvin College in fall 2013.

Academic Interests

Public Opinion; voting and elections; political parties; political psychology; legislative politics; interest groups; regression analysis and linear models; scaling and dimensional analysis.

Recent Activities

Professor Pyle is currently teaching courses on American politics and research methodology.  He is also working on several articles examining the role of politically focused emotion on political behavior, perceptual biases of candidate ideologies, and the impact of political values on climate change attitudes.


Professor Pyle is an outdoors enthusiast who is glad to be back in West Michigan, whether running, camping and hiking, or out at Lake Michigan.  He is also a fan of baseball and football (both American and European).  Professor Pyle also enjoys traveling and shopping at local farmer’s markets with his new wife.