Skylar Covich

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Office Location

Ellison 2806


American Politics
Politics and Religion

PH.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017


PH.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
B.A., Saint Mary's College of California, 2009

Skylar Joseph Covich, Ph.D. has research interests including interest groups, political parties, ideologies on economic policies, and the relationship between politics and religion, all with a particular focus on the United States. He served as President of the UCSB Political Science Graduate Student Association from 2010 to 2013, and also served as the department’s representative to the Graduate Student Association.

In 2011, Covich was a graduate fellow at Collegium: A Coloquy on Faith and the Intellectual Life, an interdisciplinary conference at College of the Holy Cross. In 2013 he participated in the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research at the University of Syracuse.

Dissertation Title: Christianity and the Politics of Poverty in the United States

Faculty Adviser and Committee Chair: M. Stephen Weatherford


Conference Presentations

“Catholics, Liberal Protestants and American Health Care Policy.” Poster Presentation, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California, September 2015.

“Christianity and the Politics of the Minimum Wage in the United States.” Symposium on Religion and Public Life. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2015.

“Christianity and the Politics of Poverty in the United States.” Christians in Political Science Conference, Azusa Pacific University, Los Angeles, May 31, 2014.

“Economic Performance and Presidential Trait Evaluations: A Longitudinal Analysis” with Lisa Argyle. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 12, 2012.


Teaching Associate

PS 153 U.S. Political Interest Groups

Teaching Assistant

PS 6 Intro to Comparative Politics
PS 7 Intro to International Relations
PS 12 Intro to American Politics
PS 127 American Foreign Policy
PS 153 US Interest Groups