Dr. Whitney Court

Assistant Professor of Political Science with Saint John's University/College of Saint Benedict since 2013.  Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Kansas where she specialized in American Political Institutions and Public Policy.

Dr. Court's research interests focus on the effectiveness of campaign strategies designed to mobilize factions within the electorate, including the electoral risks and rewards of selecting vice presidential running mates. While at KU, Dr. Court worked with the McNair Scholars Program advising undergraduate students on the graduate school application process and preparing them for their future graduate school careers.


SJU Office: Simons 146
(320) 363-2048

[email protected]


Fall 2018 Courses

POLS 111 - Intro to US Politics

POLS 336 - State & Local Government (EL designation)

Tuesday/Thursday 11:10am-12:30pm                                      SIMNS-360         

You may be asking yourself, “Why should I care about state and local government?”  For starters, Professor Court told you to care, so it must be important.  Besides that fact, do you wish you could take affordable and efficient public transportation from Saint Cloud to a concert in downtown Minneapolis?  Do you like knowing that your water is safe to drink? Have you ever asked yourself if it is legal to drive your vehicle with an uncaged bear in the state of Missouri? State and local governments greatly impact our everyday lives.  It is critical to understand how these more accessible levels of government operate and to discover how we might be able to influence them. In addition to gaining experience working directly with a state or local government or agency on an experiential learning project, this course examines subnational political structures, processes, and policies such as marriage, education, public assistance, environment, health care, transportation, and if time allows, policies on bears riding in cars.

POLS 363 - Senior Research Seminar (Political Institutions)