Brandon Waite

Brandon Waite

Associate Professor of Political Science

American Politics / Public Administration

Curriculum Vitae


Room:NQ 261

About Brandon Waite

Dr. Waite joined the Political Science Department in the Fall of 2008. His teaching focuses primarily on public administration and American government and politics. His research area deals in policymaking, civic engagement, and social networks. Dr. Waite has taught American National Government (POLS 130), State and Local Politics (POLS 237), Public Administration (POLS 350), Media and Politics (POLS 375), The Presidency (POLS 432), and Public Interest Groups and Government (POLS 471) at the undergraduate level.

For the M.P.A. program, Dr. Waite serves as the Graduate Advisor.

When not on campus, Dr. Waite attends music festivals, enjoys the great outdoors, goes fishing, and spends time with his family.


Professional Experience

  • Ball State University: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, (2016-Present) 
  • Ball State University: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, (2010-2016)
  • Ball State University: Emerging Media Faculty Fellow, Center for Media Design Instructor, Department of Political Science, (2009-2010)
  • Ball State University: Instructor, Department of Political Science, (2008-2009)
  • University of Tennessee: Lecturer (as Graduate Student), (2003-2008)
  • Appalachian State University: Lecturer (as Contract Faculty), (2002-2003)
  • Appalachian State University: Lecturer (as Graduate Student), (2001-2002)



  • Ph.D.   Political Science, University of Tennessee
  • M.A.     Government and Justice Studies, Appalachian State University
  • B.A.      Government and Justice Studies,   Appalachian State University
  • B.A.      English,   Appalachian State University


Selected Research and Publications


  • Social Media and Student Affairs (with Dr. Brandon Waite) (Book manuscript under contract with Rowman & Littlefield – Manuscript due July 2019).
  • Waite, Brandon and Darren Wheeler. Understanding and Using Social Media on College Campuses: A Practical Guide for Higher Education Professionals. Rowman and Littlefield (2016).

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Waite, Brandon and Darren Wheeler. “The ‘Liked’ Department: Using Facebook Analytics for Strategic Communication.” PS: Political Science & Politics 47.3 (2014): 667-673.
  • Cooper, Daniel, Suzy Smith and Brandon Waite. “Debate 2012: Second Screen Design and Interactive Political Content Delivery for Television Viewers.” International Digital Media & Arts Association Journal 9.1 (2013): 15-20.
  • Waite, Brandon C. “A Future’s Approach to Enhanced Television and Governance.” Futures 44.9 (2012): 797-801.
  • Waite, Brandon C. “Facebook and Social Capital: An Exploratory Study,” in International Digital Media & Arts Association Journal 8.1 (2011): 59-70.

Book Chapters Published in Edited Books

  • Waite, Brandon. “President John Tyler: His Accidency.” Chronology of the U.S. Presidency. Ed. Matthew Manweller. Vol. 1. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 299-324.
  • Waite, Brandon. “Email and Electoral Fortunes: Obama’s Internet Insurgency.” Communicator-in-Chief: A Look at How Barack Obama used New Media Technology to Win the White House, Eds. Robert E. Denton and John A. Hendricks. New York: Lexington Books, 2010. 105-121.


Honors and Awards

  • Emerging Media Initiatives Grant (2012)
  • Outstanding Teaching Recognition (2012)
  • Provost's Honors College Task Force (2011)
  • Emerging Media Initiatives Grant (2010)

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Masters Candidate 600 11 0000 - 0000
Masters Candidate 600 150 0000 - 0000
American National Go 130 2 1230 - 1345 T R NQ, room 143
American National Go 130 5 1100 - 1215 T R NQ, room 078