Mitchell, Nathan Ph.D.

Nathan Mitchell joined the Prairie View A&M faculty in 2008 and recently earned his doctorate in Political Science at Texas Tech University in 2010.  He is a native Virginian and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Planning in 2003 and a master’s in Political Science in 2005 from Texas Tech University.  His dissertation explores the factors that influence the entry of women candidates into state legislative office and has presented papers at numerous professional conferences and workshops relating to those topics.  In addition to his dissertation research, his other scholarly interests include the study of the use of social networking and new media for political purposes, the study of campaign finance and ballot access laws, and examining the impacts of the representation of women and minority groups in state legislatures.  He currently teaches classes in American Politics, comparative politics, and research methodology.

Dr. Mitchell is currently preparing a manuscript entitled, “Women’s Interest PACS, Donor Networks, and Recruitment in State Legislatures.”  The project examines the impact that direct funding from political action committees has on the election of women candidates in 33 states.  Preliminary results from this project were presented at the 2011 meeting of the Southern Political Science Association.

Dr. Mitchell is also serves as co-advisor to the Model United Nations team and has accompanied students to the international conference in New York City.