Laura Olsen

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Political Science Department

Books include Religion and Politics in America: Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices, Filled with Spirit and Power: Protestant Clergy in Politics, and Christian Clergy in American Politics. Spent 1999-2000 as a visiting fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion. 2003 winner, Fluor Daniel Student Government Excellence in Teaching Award. Teaches American Government, Religion and Politics, Political Parties and Elections, and Interest Groups and Social Movements.

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, August 1996

• Dissertation: “Filled with Spirit and Power: The Political Involvement of Protestant Clergy�?

• Committee: Robert Booth Fowler, Charles O. Jones, Virginia Sapiro

• Examination fields: American political institutions, political psychology and sociology, religion and politics

• Minor concentration: Sociology

M.A., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 1991

B.A., Political Science, with Honors, Northwestern University, June 1990