Tom Knecht

Tom Knecht

Professor of Political Science
Phone: (805) 565-6227
Office Location: Deane Hall 206

Office Hours
Only by appointment

The role of public opinion in foreign policy.


PhD.   Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004.

M.A.    Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001.

B.A.     Political Science, Stanford University, 1995.

Dr. Knecht teaches:

POL-010 American Government

POL-040 Empirical Political Research

POL-105 The Presidency

POL-106 Presidential Election Politics

POL-108 Congress

POL-110 American Public Opinion

POL-111 Foreign Policy

POL-141 The Politics of Sports

POL-190 Internship


“Engaging the Reluctant?  Service Learning, Interpersonal Contact and Attitudes Toward the Homeless,” PS: Political Science (2012).

Paying Attention to Foreign Affairs: How Public Opinion Affects Presidential Decision Making, Penn State University Press (2010).

"A Pragmatic Response to an Unexpected Constraint: Problem Representation in a Complex Humanitarian Emergency," Foreign Polity Analysis 5 (2009): 135-168.

“Humanizing the Homeless: Does Contact Erode Stereotypes,” with Lisa Martinez, Social Science Research 38, (2009):521-534.

“Public Opinion and Foreign Policy: The Stages of Presidential Decision-making,” with M. Stephen Weatherford, International Studies Quarterly 50 (September 2006):705-727.

“When is Strategic Bombing Effective?  Domestic Legitimacy and Aerial Denial,” with Aaron Belkin, Michael Clark, Robert Hinckley, Gulriz Gokcek, and Eric Patterson, Security Studies 11 (Summer 2002):51-88.