Lisa A. Bryant

Department of Political Science

California State University, Fresno


Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be. 

~Sydney J. Harris

It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting. 

~Tom Stoppard, Jumpers

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election. 

~Bill Vaughan

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the California State University, Fresno.  My primary research interests are in the areas of political behavior, campaigns and elections, election administration, political communication, race and gender, public opinion, and survey and experimental methodology.

In 2016, I was selected to give a Fresno State Talk.  Fresno State Talks is a student-selected lecture series featuring outstanding faculty who exemplify the University's values of Discovery, Diversity, and Distinction. Students are encouraged to recognize a professor that has made a difference, challenged them to think differently, or taken the time to ensure learning.  My talk, which highlighted diversity, focused on the importance of voting and how individuals still matter to the political process.

In 2015, I was given the Claude Laval Award for Innovative Research at  CSUF for my research about gendered political advertising. 

Valley of the Fires, New Mexico                                                                            Photo by L.Bryant