Dr. John Heyrman

Professor of Political Science
At Berea College since 1988

Contact Information

Frost Building, 109
CPO 1831
Email: heyrmanj@berea.edu
Phone: 859-985-3370

Spring 2022

Mon/Wed/Fri: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
or by appointment

Class Schedule

  • GSTR 210 W (Mon/Wed/Fri: 9:20 am – 10:30 am)
  • PSC 110  (Mon/Wed/Fri: 1:20 pm – 2:30 pm)
  • PSC 317  (Tue/Thur: 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm)


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


John Heyrman, a 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 Seminars I and II, as well as Senior Seminar in Contemporary Global Issues in the General Studies program.

Dr. Heyrman’s recent research has focused on political messages in film and television.  These include:

  1. “Participant Media, Participation, and Politics: Can a Production Company Play a Part in American Politics.” This paper was presented at the March 2022 meeting of the Kentucky Political Science Association.
  2. “Fictional Foreign Policy: How Madam Secretary and House of Cards Depict United States Foreign Policy.” This was published in 2021 in the Commonwealth Review of Political ScienceYou can read it here.
  3. Politics, Hollywood Style: From Smith to Selma. This book was published in 2018 by Lexington Books.
Dr Heyrman