Associate Professor of Political Science; Director of Internships Program

Degrees: Ph.D., M.A., University of Oklahoma; B.A., Grove City College

Expertise: American Politics; Elections; Voting Behavior; Congress; Public Administration; Public Management; Budgeting; Geographic Information Systems

Dr. Colin Swearingen graduated from Grove City College with a B.A. in Political Science in 2005. In 2010, he received his M.A. and later his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. He is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science at John Carroll University.

After completing his doctorate degree, Dr. Swearingen worked in Oklahoma City in the House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012 as a Research Analyst and a Geographic Information System, or GIS, Coordinator for Redistricting. In this position, he built a large database that helped him draw 101 State House districts; five congressional districts; and numerous county commissioner districts, school board districts, and career technology districts. He also worked closely with the Redistricting Committee Chairman and Subcommittee Chairmen to draw regional House District plans. Also in Oklahoma City, Dr. Swearingen staffed several legislative committees and fielded research questions on topics relating to redistricting, wildlife, veterans affairs, international relations, and tourism.

Using the experience he acquired in Oklahoma’s state capitol, Dr. Swearingen takes his expertise to the classroom when teaching courses such as Political Analysis, Political Science Research Methods, American Presidency, and Healthcare Access in Latin America, among others. Within the classroom, his other areas of expertise include American politics, elections, voting behavior, Congress, public administration, public management, budgeting, and geographic information systems. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Swearingen helps run the Honduras Immersion Program. While in Honduras with this program in 2017, he crash landed a drone. This once again happened in 2018, leaving him, as he says, 2 for 2.

Fall 2019 Course Schedule

  • PO 105-51 Political Analysis
    M W F, 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
  • PO 205-51 Healthcare Access in Latin America
    M W F, 10:00 am – 10:50 am
  • PO 205-52 Healthcare Access in Latin America
    M W F, 10:00 am – 10:50 am
  • PO 410-51 American Presidency
    M W, 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm