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



Fall 2014 Schedule:


9:10 am-10:05 am                         POLS 336-Local & Regional Governance   

You may be asking yourself, "Why should I care about state and local government?" Well, do you wish you could take affordable and efficient public transportation from Saint Cloud to the Minneapolis Airport? Do you wonder why Minnesota allows gay marriage while Wisconsin banned it? 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. Understanding how these more accessible levels of government operate and how we might be able to influence them is critical. 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.

 12:40 pm-1:35 pm                         First Year Seminar                                                  


 9:35 am - 10:55 am                       POLS 111 - Intro to US Politics