Peter Wielhouwer

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Peter Wielhouwer
Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Government and Politics
(269) 387-5685
(269) 387-4930
3422 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5346
Mailing address: 
Department of Political Science
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5346 USA
Office hours: 

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
And by appointment.

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Georgia
Teaching interests: 
  • Campaign management
Research interests: 
  • Faith and politics
  • Racial politics

Dr. Peter W. Wielhouwer (Ph.D., Univ. of Georgia), Associate Professor of Political Science at Western Michigan University, is a nationally recognized scholar on campaigns and elections, faith and politics and racial politics. Between 1995 and 2004 Wielhouwer taught at Spelman College in Georgia and Regent University’s School of Government in Virginia, where he directed the graduate program in campaign management and the nonpartisan Center for Grassroots Politics. From 2004 to 2005, Wielhouwer was speech writer to the two-star general in charge of coordinating operational experiments for the U.S. military. Widely published in professional journals, including the Journal of Politics and the American Journal of Political Science, and scholarly books, including The Oxford Handbook of Religion in American Politics, he is an occasional political consultant and regularly speaks on faith and politics and American politics at places such as universities, professional organizations, churches and faith-based organizations. His current research program centers on the politics of religiously-unaffiliated Americans—the “Nones.”  He is a member of Heterodox Academy, a nonpartisan collaborative committed to enhancing the quality and impact of research and improving education by promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in institutions of higher learning.