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Political Science

Dr. Lisa Bryant

Chair of the Department

Ph.D. University of New Mexico

Lisa Bryant

Office: McKee Fisk 212

Phone: 559-278-7612


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Areas of expertise: American politics and government; political behavior; public opinion; campaigns and elections; election sciences; race / ethnicity; gender and politics; public policy; political methods.

Dr. Bryant joined Fresno State in 2014 and her research focuses on primarily on election administration, public opinion and political behavior, campaigns and elections, and gender and representation.

Her work has been published in several journals including American Politics Research, Political BehaviorElectoral Studies, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism. Her article, “Working Mothers Represent: How Children Affect the Legislative Agenda of Women in Congress”, was awarded the Hahn-Sigelman Prize for best article published in American Politics Research in 2019 and she was invited to share this research with the U.S. Congress’s Moms in the House Caucus in 2020.  Dr. Bryant was awarded the Provost’s Promising New Faculty Award in 2019.

In addition to academic teaching and research, she has experience in the field of public opinion survey research and data analysis in both the public and private sectors and has worked with several non-partisan organizations, such as Pew Charitable Trusts and the Democracy Fund, to better understand voter behavior and increase voter registration and turnout. (She also emphasizes the importance of voter registration in her classes and on campus and encourages everyone to register.) 

Dr. Bryant currently serves on the national research advisory board for the Electronic Registration Information Center.



Dr. Bryant teaches a variety of courses, including: intro to American government, political behavior/public opinion, campaigns and elections, political psychology, state and local politics, public policy, and research methods. 


Selected Publications:

Bryant, Lisa A., Michael J. Hanmer, Alauna C. Safarpour, and Jared McDonald. 2020. "." Political Behavior.

Bryant, Lisa A. 2020. "." American Politics Research.

Mann, Christopher B. and Lisa A. Bryant. 2019. "." Electoral Studies: Online first (3/20/19). Co-Author: Christopher B. Mann.

Bryant, Lisa A. 2019. "Sage Research Methods Cases: Politics & International Relations. Sage Publishing. London, UK. doi:10.4135/9781526475282

Bryant, Lisa A. and Julia Marin Hellwege. 2019. "." American Politics Research, 47(3), 447–470.

Atkeson, Lonna Rae, Alex N. Adams, Lisa A. Bryant, Luciana Zilberman, and Kyle L. Saunders. 2011. "". Political Behavior 33(1):161-178.

Atkeson, Lonna Rae, Lisa A. Bryant, Thad E. Hall, Kyle Saunders, and R. Michael Alvarez. 2010. "". Electoral Studies 29(1): 66-73.

Maestas, Cherie D., Lonna Rae Atkeson, Thomas Croom, and Lisa A. Bryant. 2008.. Publius 38(4): 609-632.