General Studies Program

Dr. John Heyrman

Chair of the Political Science Program;
Associate Professor of Political Science

Frost, Room 109
CPO 1831
Phone: 859-985-3370
Fax: 859-985-3642

At Berea College since 1988

Office Hours, Summer 2016:

By appointment.


  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1982
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1991


  • Spring, 2008: GSTR 210 Writing Seminar II
  • Spring, 2008: PSC 100 Introduction to the Study of Politics
  • Spring, 2008: PSC 317 Judicial Process
  • Fall. 2008: PSC 110 American Government
  • Fall, 2008: PSC 319 Citizen Politics
  • Short, 2009: PSC 238 American Politics in Film
  • Spring, 2009: GSTR 210 Writing Seminar II
  • Spring, 2009: PSC 110 American Government


John Heyrman, an Associate Professor of Political Science, graduated with a B.A. degree from Oberlin College in 1982, majoring in Government and Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in 1991, with a dissertation entitled “Mobilizing Citizens: A Study of Citizens’ Groups and Participation.” He arrived at Berea in 1988 with his wife Laura, who teaches art history and art appreciation at Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Lexington. Since then, they have had two children: Elizabeth (born 1992) and Alexander (born 1999), and acquired a couple of dogs, of which they currently have one.

Heyrman teaches a variety of courses in political science: American Government, Introduction to the Study of Politics, State and Local Government, Political Parties and Interest Groups, Citizen Politics, Legislative Process, The American President, Judicial Process, Senior Research Seminar, American Politics in Film, and Media Coverage of Politics. He has taught Writing Seminar II and Senior Seminar in Contemporary Global Issues in the General Studies program.

His research topics have included media coverage of Congressional elections, the Electoral College, and, most recently, films about the American political system. He is active in the Kentucky Political Science Association. Aside from family, politics, and teaching, his main interests are listening to music, watching sports, and occasionally playing them. He was born a cheesehead in Wisconsin and raised in the wilds of suburban Chicago, facts which partially explain his unnatural interest in the Packers, the Cubs, the Bulls, blues music, and political corruption.


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