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Russell Mayer

Professor of Political Science & Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Special Assistant to the President

Political Science

Dr. Mayer teaches courses in US politics, mass behavior, and research methods and has served as advisor to the Political Science Honor Society and as Department Chair. 


Bachelor of Arts with High Honors from Wesleyan University | Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


  • US politics
  • Mass behavior
  • Research methods 

Professional Experience

Mayer has served on The American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Committee on Teaching and Learning and chaired the program committee for the APSA’s national Teaching and Learning Conference. His scholarship on teaching and learning, which assesses pedagogical strategies for promoting civic engagement among young people has been presented at national and regional conferences and published in the Journal of Political Science Education.  Dr. Mayer was also the founding director of Merrimack’s Center for Public Opinion Research.  In that capacity he directed the Bay State Poll and conducted applied research on public opinion on politics and policy.  At Merrimack, Mayer had served in numerous leadership positions including Faculty Senate President, Chair of the Institutional Review Board, and Associate Dean of Liberal Arts.  He is currently Vice President for Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment.  He has served as a fellow at Harvard University and with the American Council on Education.  


His scholarly research on US elections has been published in the Harvard International Journal of the Press and Politics and the American Review of Politics. Mayer’s most recent scholarly research examines public policy on the regulation of Internet gambling.  His book on this subject, Taking Action on Internet Gambling: Federal Policymaking 1995-2011, was published by Lexington Books in 2014.  




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