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About Justin S. Vaughn

Dr. Justin Vaughn came to Boise State University in 2012 as faculty in the Department of Political Science. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at Texas A&M University and taught at Cleveland State University from 2007-2012. Dr. Vaughn has authored several studies of presidential politics, and his current research projects include examinations of the role popular culture plays in shaping the presidential image, empirical analyses of management theory as applied to the inner workings of the White House, and how presidents strategically utilize bipartisan rhetoric. He currently is working on a book about the rise of presidential policy czars, and co-editing volumes on the rhetoric of Barack Obama and the linkage between popular culture, gender, and the American presidency. He has done numerous interviews with media outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, the BBC, and Al Jazeera, and helped provide election night analysis of the 2008 presidential election for the Cleveland FOX affiliate. Dr. Vaughn has been a member of the executive council of the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association, and served as chair of the Executive Politics Section for the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting in 2012.


2012 Present Assistant Professor, Boise State University Department of Political Science


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Honors and Awards

  • 2003-2004 - Presidential Fellow, Center for the Study of the Presidency
  • 2006 - Prestage-Cook Award, Southern Political Science Association
  • 2009 - Artinian Award, Southern Political Science Association
  • 2014 - Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Anthology, Multi-Authored or Edited Book in Feminist Studies (Co-recipient), Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
  • 2014 - Peter C. Rollins Book Award, Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
  • 2018 - Member of the Month, American Political Science Association


  • POLS 405: American Chief Executive
  • POLS 406: Legislative Behavior

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Articles (16)

Books (5)

Contributions to Books (6)