Graham P. Ramsden, PhD
Graham P. Ramsden, PhD

Graham P. Ramsden, PhD

Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science & International Relations
College of Arts and Sciences


  • American Politics
  • Environmental Politics
  • Canadian Politics

Academic Appointments


  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • American Presidency
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Canadian Politics
  • Congress and the Legislative Process
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • International Relations Research Methods (Graduate)
  • Introduction to American Politics
  • Mass Media and American Politics
  • Political Science Research Methods


Dr. Graham Ramsden is Department Chair and Associate Professor of political science, specializing in American elections and political behavior.  In addition, he teaches a seminar on Environmental Politics and Policy, and courses in research methodology and media politics.  He joined the Creighton faculty in 1990.   He is  active in the Environmental Studies Program, and directs the Washington, D.C. internship program for the department.
Born in Great Britain and raised in the United States, Dr. Ramsden received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa where he wrote his dissertation on the media strategies of presidential candidates during the 1988 Iowa caucuses.  He has presented papers on electoral politics at many professional conferences, and has published articles in Political Science Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, State and Local Government Review, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.
Dr. Ramsden spends his summers in Vermont, where he flies gliders (sailplanes) as a member of the Sugarbush Soaring Association.

Publications and Presentations


  • State Legislative Campaign Finance Research: A Review Essay, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, 2:2, 176-198, 2002
  • The Impact of Minnesota’s Political Contribution Refund Program on Small Donor Behavior in State House Races, State and Local Government Review, 33:1, 32-41, 2001
  • The History and Performance of Minnesota’s Publicly Funded Legislative Elections.” in Perspective on Minnesota Government and Politics, 4th edition, 1998
  • Media Coverage of Subjects and Candidates During Election Campaigns: What Balance of Coverage is Appropriate in a Democracy?, Political Science Quarterly, 111:1, 65, 1996
  • The Public Financing of Legislative Elections: Lessons from Minnesota, Legislative Studies Quarterly, 20:3, 361, 1995

Editing and Reviews

  • Review of “Bad News: Where the Press Goes Wrong in the Making of the President,” by Robert Shogan, Presidential Studies Quarterly, 32:3, 624-625, 2002
  • Review of “Border Crossings: Christian Trespasses on Popular Culture and Public Affairs,” by Rodney Clapp. Journal of Religion and Society, Journal of Religion & Society, 2001