Dr. Rausch joined the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice in 1998. He received a B.A. in political science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1989, a M.A. in political science from the University of Oklahoma in 1992 and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oklahoma in 1995.
Dr. Rausch teaches courses primarily in the area of American political institutions and religion and politics, as well as American national government and American state and local government.
He is co-editor of a collection of essays examining the changes to state legislatures caused by legislative term limits. The volume The Test of Time: Coping with Legislative Term Limits was published by Lexington Books in 2002. He also co-authored the Texas edition of a leading American government textbook, Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy (2008).
Dr. Rausch is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Southwestern Political Science Association, the Research Committee of Legislative Specialists (part of the International Political Science Association) and the Oklahoma Political Science Association.
Dr. Rausch's research interests include legislative studies, the effects of legislative term limitations, direct democracy and religion and politics. He also likes developing survey research projects on issues important to the local and statewide political scene.
Dr. Rausch and his wife Mary, a WTAMU librarian, share their home with three domineering cats, Gandalf, Bansidhe and Preston. When not involved in church work, they can be found watching ice hockey and curling.