Chad, part of the team behind the nonpartisan Old National Bank/Ball State University Hoosier Survey, is an expert on Indiana’s population and polling trends. In this lively presentation, he will first define and examine where Indiana’s rural, suburban and urban areas are. Then, using the Hoosier Survey results, he will examine how Hoosiers in different areas feel about contemporary political and social issues and their communities. At the end of presentation, participants and Chad will discuss how what they heard from the survey compares to what they experience in their day-to-day lives and whether opinions really do vary by place. The presentation uses maps, graphs, and open discussion to build understanding.
Chad is currently an assistant professor of political science at Ball State University, where he teaches state and local government and public administration. His research focuses primarily on electoral geography, but he also examines state and local government, federalism, and pedagogy. He received his PhD in political science and a master’s degree in geography from the University of Cincinnati. He also has a master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in public administration and has practical experience having worked at the Council of State Governments and for a member of Congress. Chad resides with his family in Muncie.