office hours

  • Monday and Friday: 2:30 to 4:00
  • Wednesday: 10:30 - 12:30
  • and by appointment


  • Public opinion
  • American elections




Jeff Koch

Professor & Chair of

Political Science & International Relations

Welles 2B
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Jeff Koch has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1989.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D.; University of Michigan, Political Science
  • M.A.; University of Connecticut
  • B.A.; Indiana University of Pennsylvania


  • Visiting Assistant Professor: University of California, Riverside

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Being Certain versus Being Right: Cost-Benefit and Cognitivist Theories of Citizen Certainty of Candidates’ Ideological Orientations Political Behavior
  • Does Individual-Level Political Cynicism lead to Third Party Support American Politics Research
  • Follow the Leader?: The Effects of Presidential Support on Representatives’ Electoral Fortunes Journal of Politics
  • Candidate Gender and Citizens' Perceptions of House Candidates' Ideological Orientations American Journal of Political Science
  • When Parties and Candidates Collide: Citizen Perception of House Candidates’ Positions on Abortion Public Opinion Quarterly
  • Do Voters’ Apply Ideological Gender Stereotypes to Senate Candidates? Journal of Politics <
  • Candidate Status, Assessments of Presidential Performance, and Voting for the U.S. Senate Electoral Studies
Fall 2015 Classes

INTD 188:
Exp:JFEW Seminar

    PLSC 251:
    R/Modern Political Analysis

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      The purpose of this course is to introduce Political Science majors to the methods of modern political science research. The course will include a presentation of the scientific approach as practiced
      by Political Scientists, focusing on both theoretical and methodological issues. The purposes of research, measurement problems, and other data management problems in political science research will be discussed. Students will be introduced to basic statistical techniques of data analysis including: dispersion and central tendency, correlation coefficients, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, Chi-Square tests, student t-tests, and simple regression analysis. (Students may not receive credit for more than one 200-level statistics course, including credit for more than one of the following courses: ECON 205, GEOG 278, MATH 242, PLSC 251, PSYC 250, and SOCL 211.) Prerequisites: PLSC 110, PLSC 120, or PLSC 140. Offered three semesters out of four
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    PLSC 315:
    Legislative Process

      An appraisal of the legislative process in the United States emphasizing the origin, passage, and administration of American public policy. The influence of public and private participants -- Congress
      , the President, the Courts, bureaucracy, political parties, interest groups, and the press -- in the legislative process is studied. Prerequisites: PLSC 110 or permission of the instructor. Offered when demand is sufficient
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