Political Science Program

Dr. John Heyrman

Associate Professor of Political Science, Chairperson of the Department of Political Science

At Berea College since 1988

Contact Information:

Frost, Room 109
Phone: (859) 985-3370
Fax: (859) 985-3642
E-Mail: john_heyrman@berea.edu
CPO 1831

Office Hours, Spring 2016:

MWF 8:30 am -9:30 am & by appointment

Class Schedule, Spring 2016.:

  • PSC 110 (Mon/Wed/Fri: 10:40 am – 11:50 am)
  • PSC 319 (Tue/Thur: 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm)
  • GSTR 210 (Mon/Wed/Fri: 1:20 pm – 2:30 pm)


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


  • Spring, 2016: GSTR 210, Writing Seminar II
  • Spring, 2016: PSC 110, American Government
  • Spring, 2016: PSC 319, Citizens Politics
  • Fall, 2016: PSC 110, American Government
  • Fall, 2016: PSC 330, State and Court Government
  • Spring, 2017: PSC 322, Presidency and Congress


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).

Heyrman teaches a variety of courses in political science: American Government, Introduction to the Study of Politics, State and Local Government, Judicial Process, Citizen Politics, Congress and the Presidency, Senior Research Seminar, Politics Hollywood Style, 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 politics and teaching, his interests include his family, music, sports, and science fiction. He was born in Wisconsin, raised in the suburban Chicago, and has been missing snow for almost three decades in Kentucky.


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