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Faculty: Mikael Pelz

Mikael PelzMikael Pelz, Assistant Professor, Internship Director for Political Science

(616) 526-6232
Office: DeVos Center 261-I
Curriculum Vitae

Office Hours Fall 2014
Tuesday and Thursday 1-4pm

Educational Background

Mikael Pelz earned his bachelor of arts in mass communication at the University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1998. He received his M.A. in political science (2003) and Ph.D. in political science (2009) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2009, he took a visiting position in the Politics and International Relations Department at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

Academic Interests

Political Behavior, Public Policy, Religion and Politics


90's low-fi music, film, coffee, sampling new food with his wife, and chasing squirrels with his dogs

Recent Activities

Professor Pelz is currently teaching courses in American politics and public administration. He is also working on several articles examining national education policy, the role of political campaigns in partisan realignments, and the legacy of the Republican realignment among evangelical Protestants.

Recent Publications

2014. "Transformative Justice in Ferguson" Capital Commentary. Center for Public Justice Web. November 24, 2014

2014. "Gentrification: Building Diverse Communities?", Capital Commentary. Center for Public Justice Web Aug. 25, 2014

2014. " The Local Church Mosaic and the Renewal of Little Rock 72204". Capital Commentary. Center for Public Justice Web. August 11, 2014

2014. "Artists Unite: Gentrification and the Village of West Greenville". Capital Commentary. Center for Public Justice Web. July 28, 2014