Johnny Goldfinger, Ph.D.

Johnny Goldfinger, Ph.D.

Johnny Goldfinger is an associate professor of political science. He holds bachelor degrees in chemical engineering, philosophy, and political science from the University of South Alabama. He has master degrees in political science from the University of New Orleans and Duke University. Johnny received his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University in 2003. Before coming to Marian University in 2010, he was an instructor at Wake Forest University and faculty member at IUPUI.

Goldfinger's professional service includes 12 years as an LSAC designated prelaw advisor and member of the Board of Directors for the Midwest Association of Prelaw Advisors. He was also the director of IUPUI’s American Democracy Project in collaboration with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Goldfinger has received a number of teaching and service awards including IUPUI’s Trustees Teaching Award (twice), Jaguar Favorite Professor Award (twice), and the Student Government Association’s Faculty Appreciation Award. In 2009, Goldfinger was nominated for and inducted into Indiana University’s Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching. Membership in the Academy is by invitation-only for individuals described as distinguished faculty dedicated to and recognized for excellence in teaching and learning.

Research Interests

Goldfinger’s research tends to focus on political theory, social and rational choice theory, and American political institutions. His current research interest include the limits of freedom of speech and the press as they pertain to the concept of “fake news,” how rational choice approaches to voting affect support for third party candidates, and the nature of just and rational deliberative institutions. 

He is co-editor of Educating Students for Political Engagement and has published numerous articles on a variety of topics including how social capital affects perceptions of government performance, the use of public space to encourage civic engagement, the internet and public deliberation, the division of labor in political parties, problems of aggregation in majority rule, differences in contemporary political ideologies, and the development of service learning partnerships.

Courses Taught

POL 102 Introduction to American Politics

POL 230 Introduction to Political Theory

POL 301 Political Science Research Methods

POL 344 American Political Thought

POL 345 Classical and Medieval Political Theory

POL 349 Modern and Contemporary Political Theory

POL 366 Congress, Parties, and the Presidency

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