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Reed Welch Bio
Dr. Reed Welch

Reed Welch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Old Main, Room 414B
Email: rlwelch@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2433

Professional Profile

Welch joined the WTAMU faculty in 2000.  He received a B.A. in political science from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in political science from Texas A&M University.  He is currently an associate professor of political science and head of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.

Teaching and Related Service

He teaches classes in American government, including the American presidency, campaigns and elections, public opinion, parties and interest groups, American national government and American state and local government.

He is the author of numerous articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Congress and the Presidency and Presidential Studies Quarterly, among many other articles, columns and reviews. He also co-authored the Texas edition of a leading American government textbook, Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy (2008).

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Welch's research interests include presidential leadership and public opinion, political communications, and campaigns and elections.

Personal Sketch

Welch is a proud Texan.  He was born and raised in Wichita Falls and has spent most of his life in Texas.  He and his wife Jennifer have six children—Regan, Emily, Will, Lindsey, Nathan and Reece—whose ages range from high school to infant.  Much of his time outside the university is spent with church work and watching his children's sporting events, concerts and activities as well as rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers, and the Dallas Mavericks.