Department of Political Science

Joseph Aistrup

Joseph Aistrup Professor and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
331 Tichenor Hall
(334) 844-2183

Office Hours

  • By appointment


Dr. Aistrup was appointed Dean of the College of Liberal Arts in 2013. He came to Auburn from Kansas State University where he was associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He began his tenure at Kansas State in 2002 as associate professor and head of the department of political science. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State in 1982, a master’s from Virginia Tech in 1984 and PhD from Indiana University in 1989. Dr. Aistrup has administrative responsibility for 3 Associate Deans, 14 Department Chairs, an 8-member Information Technology Team, a large administrative staff, over 4,000 students, approximately 500 faculty members, 9 buildings, and a budget of over $50 million (including endowments).

Representative Publications

Southern Strategy Revisited: Republican Top-Down Advancement in the South. 1996. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky.

Kansas Politics and Government: The Clash of Political Cultures. 2010. University of Nebraska Press with Edward Flentje.

"Hyper-Extractive Economies in the U.S.: A Coupled-Systems Approach," 2013. Applied Geography 37: 88-100 (Joseph A. Aistrup, Laszlo Kulcsar, Jacob Mauslein, Sarah Beach, and David Steward).

"Structured Partisan Competition: A Vote-Shares Model of Party Alignments and Realignments." 2012. Social Science Quarterly 93: 750-778.

"Racism, Resentment and Regionalism: The South and the Nation in the 2008 Presidential Election." 2011. American Review of Politics 32: 131-154.

"Southern Exceptionalism? Presidential Voting in the South and non-South." 2010. Social Science Quarterly 91: 906-27.

"Legacy of Race in 2008" in B.D. Kapeluck, L.W. Moreland, and R.P. Steed eds Presidential Elections in the South: Politics in Context. 2010. Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., pp. 233-250. (Joseph A. Aistrup, Emizet Kisangani and Roxanne L. Piri)

Last Updated: June 10, 2020