College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Donna Hoffman

  • Political Science

    Faculty - Professor of Political Science


    Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
    B.A., Phillips University

    Courses Taught

    Introduction to American Politics, Modern Presidency, Campaigns & Elections, Legislative Politics

    Research Interests

    Presidential-congressional relations; presidential rhetoric; realignment theory; social and political change in the American electorate; southern politics; art, politics and culture

    Selected Publications

    Donna R. Hoffman, Christopher W. Larimer, and Alison D. Howard.  2018.  “Iowa 2016: The Start of an Unusual Nomination Contest.”  In Jeanine E. Kraybill, ed., Unconventional, Partisan, and Polarizing Rhetoric: How the 2016 Election Shaped the Way Candidates Strategize, Engage, and Communicate.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

    Christopher W. Larimer and Donna R. Hoffman.  2018.  “Iowa: The Religious Right as Sometime Republican Kingmaker.”  In Mark J. Rozell and Clyde Wilcox, eds, God at the Grassroots 2016.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

    Donna R. Hoffman and Christopher W. Larimer.  2017.  “Iowa’s First Congressional District: Anomaly or New Normal?”  In Sean Foreman and Marcia Godwin, eds., The Roads to Congress 2016.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan.

    Donna R. Hoffman and Alison D. Howard.  2016.  “Bush and the Faith-Based Initiative:  Forgoing the Role of Chief Legislator.”  In Meena Bose, ed., The George W. Bush Presidency: The Constitution, Politics, and Policymaking, Vol. 1.  Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers. 

    Donna R. Hoffman and Christopher W. Larimer.  2015.    Battleground Iowa: Swing State Extraordinaire.  In Stacey Hunter-Hecht and David A. Schultz, eds.,  Presidential Swing-States: Why Only Ten Matter.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

    Alison D. Howard and Donna R. Hoffman. 2013. "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Building American National Identity Through Art." Perspectives on Political Science 42 (3).

    Donna R. Hoffman and Alison D. Howard. 2012.  Obama in Words and Deeds.  Social Science Quarterly, 93 (December):  1316-1337.

    Alison D. Howard and Donna R. Hoffman. 2011.  Talking to Millennials: Policy Rhetoric and Rhetorical Narratives in the 2008 Presidential Campaign.  In  Mitchell S. McKinney and Mary Christine Banwart, eds.  Communication in the 2008 U.S. Elections: Digital Natives Elect a President. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

    Donna R. Hoffman. 2009.  Representation and the Rules of the Game: An Electoral Simulation.   PS: Political Science and Politics 42 (July):531-535.

    Donna R. Hoffman and Alison D. Howard.  2007.  Representations of 9-11 in Editorial Cartoons.  PS: Political Science and Politics 40 (April): 271-74.

    Alison D. Howard and Donna R. Hoffman.  2007.  Policy Making Rhetoric and Youth Issues in the 2004 Presidential Campaign.   American Behavioral Scientist 50 (May): 1264-72 .

    Donna R. Hoffman and Alison D. Howard. 2006.  Addressing the State of the Union: The Evolution and Impact of the President’s Big Speech.  Boulder, CO:  Lynne Rienner Publishers.        

    Charles S. Bullock, III, Donna R. Hoffman, and Ronald Keith Gaddie. 2006.  Regional Variations in the Realignment of American Politics, 1944-2004.  Social Science Quarterly 87 (September): 494-518.

    Charles S. Bullock, III, Donna R. Hoffman, and Ronald Keith Gaddie. 2005.  The Consolidation of the White Southern Congressional Vote.  Political Research Quarterly 58 (June): 231-243.

    Ronald Keith Gaddie and Donna R. Hoffman.  2001.  Critical Events in Contemporary Southern Politics:  Dynamic Growth and Partisan Percolations.  In John C. Kuzenski, Laurence W. Moreland, and Robert P. Steed, eds.  Eye of the Storm: The South and Congress in an Era of Change.  Westport, CT: Praeger.