Dominic D. Wells, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Political Science
Director, Fire Administration Program (FIAD)

Office Location: 124 Williams Hall



Dr. Dominic D. Wells is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Fire Administration (FIAD) Program. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Kent State University in 2018, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Bowling Green State University in 2013, and a B.A. in Political Science from Bowling Green State University in 2010.  His primary research focuses on labor union politics and policy. Dr. Wells is the author of From Collective Bargaining to Collective Begging: How Public Employees Win and Lose the Right to Bargain (Temple University Press). His work has been published in Questions in Politics, the Journal of Political Science Education, the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, and Teaching Statistics. Dr. Wells teaches courses in political science, public administration, and fire administration.

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  • Ph.D. Political Science, Kent State University (2018) 
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA), Bowling Green State University (2013) 
  • B.A. Political Science, Bowling Green State University (2010)



  •  Wells, Dominic D. Forthcoming. From Collective Bargaining to Collective Begging: How Public Employees Win and Lose the Right to Bargain.  Temple University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles: 

  • Wells, Dominic D., Joshua R. Meddaugh, and David Pena. 2020. "What Does This Meme to You? A Test of a Critical Thinking Exercise for the American Government Classroom." Questions in Politics 7: 30-39. 
  • Wells, Dominic D. 2018. “You All Made Dank Memes: Using Internet Memes to Promote Critical Thinking.” Journal of Political Science Education 14(2): 240-248.
  • Wells, Dominic D. and Anthony D. Molina. 2017. “The Truth About Honesty.” Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs 3(3): 292-308.
  • Wells, Dominic D. and Nathan A. Nemire. 2017. “Introducing Students to the Application of Statistics and Investigative Methods in Political Science.” Teaching Statistics 39(2): 47-51. 

Book Chapters: 

  • Wells, Dominic D. 2016. “The Dynamics of Direct Democracy and Voter Turnout.”  In Why Don’t Americans Vote: Causes and Consequences. Bridgett A. King and Kathleen Hale. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Greenwood.
  • Kear, Andrew R. and Dominic D. Wells. 2014. “Coalitions are People: Policy Narratives and the Defeat of Ohio Senate Bill 5.” In The Science of Stories: Applications of the Narrative Policy Framework in Public Policy Analysis. Michael D. Jones, Elizabeth A. Shanahan, Mark K. McBeth. New York: Palgrave.

Book Reviews: 

  • Shelton, Jon. 2018. Teacher Strike! Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017). Journal of Public Affairs Education.
  • Luban, David. 2017. Torture, Power, and Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014). Terrorism and Political Violence.
  • Atack, Iain. 2015. Nonviolence in Political Theory (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012). Peace & Change.

Courses Taught

  • POLS 1100 American Government: Process and Structure 
  • POLS 3020 American Domestic Public Policy  
  • FIAD 3100 Fire and Emergency Services Administration  

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