Eric Castater

Eric Castater, Davis & Elkins College

Eric Castater
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Location: Albert Hall 111
Phone: 304-637-1244


  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • M.B.A., Webster University, Vienna, Austria
  • M.A. Political Science, University of Tennessee
  • B.A. Philosophy, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Conn.


Castater came to D&E from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he served as a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and a graduate teaching assistant. In addition to teaching, he founded and led monthly political science research workshops for graduate students and lecturers. In 2010, he served as the campaign manager for Jim Miron in his bid for Connecticut State Senate and earlier worked as assistant to the mayor of Stratford, Conn.

Teaching Areas: 

  • American Government and Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Inequality in Wealthy Democracies
  • Senior Seminar

Research Interests/Professional Activities: 

With research interests in economic and political consequences of labor organizations, Castater authored “Unionization and the Partisan Effect on Income Inequality” in the journal Business and Politics in 2015. He also has made several Political Science Association conference presentations associated with unionization.

As a student at the University of Tennessee, he was awarded the Summer Graduate Research Assistantship and the William G. McCall Award for Dissertation Research Assistance.

He is a member of the American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Northeastern Political Science Association and Southern Political Science Association.