Robert Speel


Associate Professor of Political Science


  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • American Politics
  • American Presidency
  • Congress
  • Elections
  • International Affairs
  • Politics
  • Voting Behavior


  • Speel researches the development of regional movements and regional voting movements in the United States.
  • He regularly speaks with media sources and community groups about political campaigns and issues, as well as the Electoral College.
  • Speel can also talk about the role of Pennyslvania in presidential elections.

Robert Speel is an associate professor and program chair of political science at Penn State Behrend. He researches many aspects of American politics, including elections and voting behavior, state and urban politics, Congress and the presidency, public policy, as well as ethnic and racial politics and Canadian politics. Speel has also written the book, “Changing Patterns of Voting in the Northern United States,” about the creation of the regional divide of red states and blue states in the United States. He is the recipient of 2008/09 Council of Fellows Excellence in Outreach Award and the 2006 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

On the Web

Penn State Behrend Faculty Profile Robert Speel continues to research the development of regional movements and regional voting behavior in the United States.

In The Media

“It was a kiss of death for a Democratic candidate in a Democratic city to be associated with Republicans in some way.”

"College graduates are concentrated in urban and suburban counties, with relatively few living in rural counties. White college graduates used to be part of the Republican voter base, but a majority of them voted for Biden this year."

Donald Trump’s First 100 Days: The Worst on Record

from The New York Times April 26, 2017

Democratic smiles in Pennsylvania’s special election

from The Economist March 14, 2018

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