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Dr. Paula Nicole Booke joined the political science faculty at Hope College in the fall of 2009. Originally from Jamaica W. I. she immigrated to New York City and attended historic Erasmus Hall High School. Dr. Booke earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Rochester in 2002 and moved to Chicago where she attended graduate school at the University of Chicago completing her Ph.D. in August 2009. She was the recipient of the Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester in 2009.
Her dissertation entitled “The Politics of the Apocalypse: The effect of Premillennial Eschatology on American Political Behavior,” demonstrates through the use of social network analysis, content analysis ethnography and, political psychology techniques, the causal relationship between theology and policy preference. Divided into two segments; an examination of elite behavior and mass attitudes, the dissertation project examines the politicization of premillennial theology by various elites as well as its acceptance by and impact on the mass public.
Dr. Booke’s broad area of specialization includes American Politics and Qualitative Methods. Her research interests include: Religion and Politics; Race and Politics; Public Opinion; Political Psychology; Mass Media and Politics; and Qualitative/interpretive Methods.
Dr. Booke enjoys reading and cooking Jamaican/American fusion and Italian cuisines. She considers herself an ardent New Yorker, embracing the food and culture of both New York City and Western New York; but she supports the White Sox and the Flying Dutch.