Russell Luke

Ph.D. Candidate

Office: 1011 Langdale Hall
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
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Comparative Politics
Political Methodology

Research Areas

Research areas include the impact of voter ID laws, the role of political narratives, and the evolution of wedge issues and democratic party composition over time. Regional focus on Latin America. Methodological focus on experimental methods and behavior. Previous work includes topics such as state capacity, civil society, political communication, polarization and path dependency in Latin America.

What drew you to the department?

“The opportunity to work with celebrated faculty who share my research interests.”

What is your favorite thing about GSU?

“The graduate student community and opportunities for research collaboration therein.”


  • Master of Arts, Political Science, Georgia State University, 2019
    M.A. Non-thesis: Elite Messaging, Personality, and Political Rhetoric
    Committee Chair: Dr. Toby Bolsen
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, SUNY Buffalo, 2017

Teaching Experience

  • POLS 1101: American Government. Instructor of Record. Fall 2018; Spring 2019; Maymester 2019.
  • POLS 8805: Intro to Quantitative Analysis. TA. Fall 2019.

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