Who Am I?

Ryan Burge is an associate professor (beginning in August 2023) of political science at Eastern Illinois University, where he also serves as the graduate coordinator. He has authored over thirty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters alongside four books about religion and politics in the United States. He has written for the New York Times, POLITICO, and the Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared in an NBC Documentary, on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, as well as 60 Minutes which called him, “one of the country’s leading data analysts on religion and politics.” He has served as a pastor in the American Baptist Church for over twenty years and has been married to his wife Jacqueline for over fifteen years. They have two boys - Holden and Reid.

Why subscribe?

To get a look at politics and religion in a way that is not really been available before. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know that I do my level best to not be biased in one way or another. I try to present the world the way that it exists in the data. Not trying to cater to liberals or conservatives means that my follower count is probably not as large as other people who have a very clear ideological voice on social media.

When I see my subscriber count climb, that gives me the encouragement to write another post. That’s doubly true when someone decides to support this kind of work by being a paid subscriber.

The simple reality is this: I write for other outlets here and there. Sometimes they pay and sometimes they don’t. The ones that do pay oftentimes have such low rates that I really don’t have a strong incentive to write for their publication. So, my thought is this: why not write for myself and try and build an audience? That way I don’t have to spend time pitching ideas to editors or trying to find a “news peg” for a story to hang on.

Instead, I just get to write what I’m curious about. I make these graphs anyway - why not share them with readers?

I am planning on two posts every week. The current schedule is Monday and Thursday. Expect a few graphs and some words. Probably not any fully formed ideas. In fact, I will probably use this forum to throw up some trial balloons about what people what to know more about. There will be typos and poor sentence structure. Honestly, I write most of the words for these posts in thirty minutes or less and rarely go back to read over my work.

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My goal is to provide one post that is only available to my paid subscribers each week. Also, after three months of being first published on Substack each post goes behind the paywall, as well.

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Associate professor of political science