Harry Wilson Profile


Dr. Harry L. Wilson



Director for Institute for Policy & Opinion Research

Department: Public Affairs
Office: 323 Francis T. West Hall




Ph.D. Political Science, Rutgers University, 1988
M.A. Political Science, Penn State University, 1983
B.A. Journalism, Penn State University, 1978

Research & Teaching Interests

Gun Control
Public Opinion
Political Behavior

Scholarly Activities

Director, Institute for Policy and Opinion Research, Roanoke College

Senior Political analyst, WDBJ-7, Roanoke

Fulbright Lecturing Award to Russia, 1995


Gun Politics in America: Historical and Modern Documents in Context, two volume edited set. ABC-CLIO, 2016.

The Triumph of the Gun-Rights Argument: Why the Gun Control Debate Is Over, Praeger, 2015.

Guns, Gun Control, and Elections: The Politics and Policy of Firearms, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, 2007.


Recent Publications

Editorial Board member and contributor, Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society, online Idea Exchange, Academic Solutions database, ABC-CLIO, 2012-2016.

Editorial Board member and author of 12 entries in Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture and the Law, Gregg Lee Carter, ed., 2nd ed.  ABC-CLIO, 2012.

Enduring Questions  Gregg Lee Carter, ed.ABC-CLIO, 2002.

“The 2000 Virginia Senate Race,” Bob Dudley, Scott Keeter, Harry Wilson, Robert Holsworth, and Stephen Medvic, PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 34, No. 2, June, 2001.

“When Women Lose: A Study of Press Coverage of Two Gubernatorial Campaigns,” John David Rausch, Mark J. Rozell and Harry L. Wilson, Women & Politics, Vol. 20, No. 4, 1999.

"Virginia: The Politics of Concealed Weapons," in The Changing Politics of Gun Control, John Bruce and Clyde Wilcox, eds., Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1998. Mark J. Rozell, co-author.


Media Coverage

Detroit Free Press: Kelly, Giffords make common-sense plea for gun control 1/12/13

NPR: The NRA Isn’t The Only Opponent Of Gun Control 12/21/12

NPR.com: For NRA, There’s Nothing To Debate About Guns 12/21/12

WDBJ7 (Roanoke CBS): Political Analyst Harry Wilson talks about voter turnout 11/6/12

WDBJ7 (Roanoke CBS): Election 2012 chat with WDBJ7 Political Analyst Harry Wilson 11/6/12

AP TV: One City Reeling from Political TV Ad Crush 9/27/12

WDBJ7 (Roanoke CBS): Political Analyst Harry Wilson weighs in on Campaign 2012 8/22/12

USA Today: Romney’s VP pick likely to go to safest candidate 7/14/12

USA Today: Virginia seen as a top prize by presidential campaigns 6/11/12

WDBJ7 (Roanoke): Donald Rumsfeld visit Roanoke 2/2/12



Available as a Media resource for the following topics

Gun control
Public Opinion
Voting Behavior and Elections

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on

Gun control
Public Opinion
Voting Behavior and Elections