Education: Ph.D. Political Science, University of Iowa (2022) Fields: American Politics, Political Methodology M.A. Political Science, University of Iowa (2019) B.A. Political Science and Public Administration, Buena Vista University (2017)


Joseph Coll is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics at Sewanee: The University of the South, where he will be teaching courses over American government and politics, campaigns and elections, conducting political science research, political behavior, and racial and ethnic politics.

Dr. Coll received his PhD in political science from the University of Iowa, where his dissertation focused on how election administration and access affect the voter turnout rates of Black, Latino, white, and young Americans.

His current research agenda examines the determinants of election administration and access, how election administration and access affect political opinions and behavior, and how those changes to political opinion and behavior go on to affect public policy, with a particular eye towards racial, ethnic, and age groups.

Dr. Coll’s current projects include examining how racial population dynamics impact election administration, the participatory effects of voter identification laws, what determines support for election reform, how student debt influences political participation, the impact of Covid-19 on elections, among others.

His work has appeared in American Politics Research; Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy; Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics; Politics and Governance; and Social Science Quarterly. He also has a forthcoming chapter over campaigns, elections, and political parties in the frequently used edited volume, Politics in the American States, and is preparing an edited book manuscript over how Covid-19 affected the 2020 election. Excerpts of his work have appeared in political science blogs and policy briefs, and Dr. Coll recently provided expert testimony to the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights regarding voting access and civil rights in Tennessee.

To reach Dr. Coll, you can send him an email ( or drop by his office at 315 Carnegie Hall (office hours: 2:30-4:00 PM Monday and Thursday, walk-ins welcome).

Dr. Coll’s CV and professional website can be found here