Zach Lang

Zach Lang

Incoming Assistant Professor

Anderson University


I am an incoming Assistant Professor of Political Science at Anderson University. Before moving to South Carolina, I received my Ph.D. from the University of Missouri where I was also a fellow at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. My subfields are American politics and public policy. My research interests focus on federalism and state politics, and political science education.

You can download a copy of my Curriculum Vitae here.

I was born and raised in the “Hereford Zone,” a rural, agriculture-heavy area outside of Baltimore, Maryland. I was interested in social studies and teaching from a young age. When I’m not prepping for classes or doing research, you can usually find me out running, out with friends, or inside playing through a new video game…a good day is a combination of all three.

  • Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
  • State Politics
  • The Constitution
  • Ancient, Medieval, and Enlightenment Political Thought
  • Ideology and Philosophy
  • PhD in Political Science, 2024

    University of Missouri

  • BA in Government, 2019

    St. Lawrence University



“Lessons from Dragons: Teaching Political Science with HBO’s House of the Dragon.” With Ronnie Olesker (2024). Journal of Political Science Education.

“State Politics in the Early Republic and the Development of the American Executive: Representation, Party Politics, and Executive Selection Mechanisms 1788-1832.” With Aric Gooch. (R&R at Congress and the Presidency).


Anderson University

Assistant Professor

  • American Government, PS 101, Fall 2024
  • Political Institutions, PS 303, Fall 2024
  • Campaigns and Elections, PS 435, Fall 2024

University of Missouri


  • American Government, POLSC 1100, Fall 2022
  • Topics in Political Science: The Politics of Star Wars, POLSC 2004, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

Substitute Teacher

  • AP European History, Hereford High School, MD. Spring 2017

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