Dr. Bryan Parsons

Assistant Professor

Department: Public Affairs
Office: 203 Francis T. West Hall



Ph.D., Political Science, University of South Carolina

B.S., Political Science, Appalachian State University

Research & Teaching Interests

American Politics, Public Policy, State and Local Politics, Political Behavior


Bryan Parsons joined Roanoke College as an assistant professor of political science in the 2014-2015 academic year. He teaches the following courses in the Department of Public Affairs: Public Policy (POLI 250), Research Methods (POLI 209), and State and Local Government (POLI 201). 

His research focuses on the role of political networks in public policymaking and political behavior. A current research project examines the extent to which local policy networks of governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders collaborate to address the educational and health care needs of children on the autism spectrum. His work has appeared in Public Administration Review, Political Behavior, American Politics Research, State and Local Government Review, and Politics & Policy.

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Available as a Media resource for the following topics

Public policy

State and local politics

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on

Public policy

State and local politics