Dr. Franklyn Niles

Dr. Franklyn Niles

Professor of Political Science

Chair, Department of Political Science

Ph.D., University of Houston

M.A., University of Houston

B.A., University of California, Riverside


Frank Niles completed his undergraduate work in political science at the University of California, Riverside. He received an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Houston, specializing in American and comparative politics and methodology. Undergraduate courses that Dr. Niles teaches at John Brown University include American Government, Political Philosophy, Religion and Politics, Research Methodology, Presidency, Congress, Voting Behavior, and Comparative Politics.

Dr. Niles specializes in the quantitative study of political behavior, focusing especially on the intersection of religion and politics, interest groups, and the influence of social context on public opinion. His published work has appeared in journals and edited volumes, including Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Political Perspectives, The Constitutionalism of American States (University of Missouri Pres, 2008), Religious Interests in Community Conflict (Baylor University Press, 2006), and The Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics (Facts on File, 2002). Dr. Niles has also co-authored several papers with JBU students. He is past-chair and executive board member of the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association and a commentator for a variety of local and national media outlets.

Frank Niles also consults with business and non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, innovation, leadership and team development, program evaluation and market research, and organizational alignment. Clients have included Dayspring Cards, Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics, and Internal Audit Association.

Dr. Niles spends his free time outside, rock climbing. He has climbed difficult routes throughout the United States and the world and is featured in numerous climbing related publications. Recently, he authored an article on lead climbing that will be included in Outdoor Adventures: Rock Climbing (Human Kinetics, 2009, forthcoming). Since moving to Arkansas, Niles has pioneered many routes in the state and is regularly found bouldering with college students on the stellar sandstone that litters the Ozark Mountains.

Frank Niles also enjoys cooking, running, and reading. He lives in Siloam Springs, Arkansas with his wife and climbing partner Jennifer, a counselor and marriage and family therapist and their daughter, Emma.