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Joseph Morris, D.A.

Chair, Department of Political Science; Professor 

Contact Information

OFFICE: Preston 110
PHONE: 814-824-2154


  • D.A.: Idaho State University
  • MPA: Idaho State University
  • M.A.: California State University at Fullerton
  • B.A.: San Diego State University 

Dr. Morris is a Professor of Politic Science and serves as Chair of the Department of Political Science. He is the founder and Director of the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics.  Dr. Morris has conducted dozens of public opinion polls since 2010, and his polls have been reported by every major news organization in Pennsylvania and Ohio, as well as national news organizations, including National Public Radio, State Impact, RealClearPolitics.com, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, the Today Show, and NBC’s Hardball. As Mercyhurst University’s senior political analyst, Dr. Morris regularly provides analysis and commentary for television, radio, print, and online news organizations. He is the former Director of the Mercyhurst University Honors Program and was a visiting professor at Idaho State University before coming to Mercyhurst. He is originally from Claremont, California. 

About Dr. Morris
    • American Institutions and Elections  
    • Political Theory
    • Public Administration 
    • State and Local Politics
    • American Presidency
    • Environmental Issues
    • Political Theory
    • Democratic Theory
    • Public Administration 
    • Public Opinion
    • Environmental Politics
    • Voting 
    • American Political Science Association
    • Western Political Science Association