School of Social Sciences


Bio Image Joe Wert

Joe Wert

Associate Professor of Political Science
Dean, School of Social Sciences
Phone: (812) 941-2160
Office Location: CV 140B

Academic Background

University of Cincinnati
Country: United States
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major: Political Science
Ball State University
Country: United States
Degree: Master of Arts
Major: Economics
Minor: Political Science
Ball State University
Country: United States
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Political Science
Minor: Classics


Dr. Wert teaches an eclectic group of classes when not serviing as Dean of the School of Social Sciences. Most of the classes he teaches are part of the Public Service Track: Public Bureaucracy in Modern Society, Public Budgeting, Public Personnel Management, and Administrative Law. He also teaches the U.S. Presidency, Constitutional Law, Ethics and Public Policy, and the senior seminar. His research intersts lie in the areas of public opinion and the presidency, and has published a book, “A Study of Bill Clinton’s Public Approval Ratings” (2003) and several entries in the Encyclopedia of the American Presidency. He has also published a chapter in a book on Indiana governors.

Professional Interests

  • Public Bureaucracy in Modern Society
  • Political Issues in Public Personnel Management
  • Politics of the Budgetary Process
  • Legal Issues in Public Bureaucracy
  • American Presidency
  • Public Opinion and the Presidency
  • The institution of the presidency