John McTague is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Towson University. He earned his B.A. at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2003 and completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Government and Politics at University of Maryland, College Park in 2010. John joined the faculty at Towson University in the fall of 2012 following stints teaching at Washington College (Chestertown, MD) and Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA). He teaches courses in American politics and political methodology, including POSC 301: Political Research I and TSEM 102: Religion and Politics in America. He also teaches a special topics course on the political foundations of economic and racial inequality, incorporating seasons of the HBO series The Wire into the assigned coursework.
John’s current research is primarily focused on the influence of the personal religious identities of members of the United States Senate on partisan polarization and public policy. He has also conducted studies on the causes of the gender gap in presidential elections, the relationship between authoritarianism and political behavior, how presidential campaigning influences roll-call voting in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the impact of geography on state-level politics. His work has been featured in outlets such as Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Political Geography, and the Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics.