Eric Michael French

 Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

214 Murray Hall

Professional Website

Office Hours (Spring 2019)

noon-3pm T 
10-2 W (by appointment only)

Ph.D., Political Science, Indiana University, 2013
Eric Michael French joined Oklahoma State University in August 2013. He teaches primarily Introduction to American Government - often very large sections, which involves working closely with a team of graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants. He also teaches Senior Capstone Seminar, Fundamentals of Political Science, and his favorite topics course - The Anatomy of Political Disagreement. Before joining OSU, he also taught Statistics, International Development, and U.S. Foreign Policy, among other courses.
His research focuses on two different areas of study: American political behavior and scholarship of teaching and learning. His research in the area of American political behavior focuses on political communication (especially the effect of political leaders' messaging strategies on public opinion) and political disagreement (especially what causes disagreement and how compromise can be reached). His teaching and learning research focuses on student retention (especially the relationship between an instructor's teaching style and the frequency with which students drop or withdraw from a course). In coming years, he intends to study systematic biases in faculty perceptions of student comprehension. 

Research Interests

Political Communication
Political Disagreement
Teaching & Learning

Recent Publications
    • "Keeping Students from Going AWOL: The Link Between Pedagogy and Student Retention." with Brendon Westler. Forthcoming. Journal of Political Science Education.