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Filip Viskupic

Filip Viskupic


Assistant Professor of Political Science

Office Building

West Hall



Mailing Address

West Hall 219
School of American & Global Studies-Box 510
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Filip Viskupič is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of American and Global Studies, and a Research Associate in The SDSU Poll. Dr. Viskupič earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. His research is interdisciplinary in scope and lies at the intersection of political science, psychology, and public health.


PhD, Political Science and International Affairs, 2019. University of Georgia, Athens, GA
MPhil, Political Science, 2013. Lingnan University, Hong Kong
BA, Politics, 2011. University of London, England

Academic Interests/Expertise

Political psychology
COVID-19 attitudes and behaviors
International conflict
Foreign policy

Academic Responsibilities

Courses Taught:
Current World Issues
American Government
Governments of the World
Political Psychology
American Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy Decision-making
International Relations of Asia Pacific
Political Science Capstone
Model United Nations

Committee Activities

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Committee, Fall 2021-
—Vice-chair, Fall 2022-

Awards and Honors

2022—Award for Outstanding Research in the Social Sciences, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, South Dakota State University.
2022—Sewrey Colloquium presentation in Research and Scholarship category, South Dakota State University.


2022—McComish Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Program, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, South Dakota State University, $9,000. With David Wiltse.
2021—FY 2022 RSCA Challenge Fund, South Dakota State University, $15,000. Co-PI with David Wiltse, PI.
2021—Collaborative Scholarship Fund, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, South Dakota State University, $5,120. With David Wiltse and Brittney Meyer.

Creative Activities

Refereed Journal Articles:
14. Viskupič, F., & Wiltse, D. (2022). Drivers of COVID-19 Booster Uptake among Nurses. American Journal of Infection Control. Forthcoming.
13. Viskupič, F., & Wiltse, D. (2022). COVID-19 parental vaccine hesitancy among nurses in the State of South Dakota. Journal of Community Health. Forthcoming.
12. Viskupič, F., Wiltse, D. & Badahdah, A. (2022). Reminders of Existing Vaccine Mandates Increase Support for a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: Evidence from a Survey Experiment. Vaccine. Forthcoming.
11. Viskupič, F., & Wiltse, D. (2022). Political Partisanship and Trust in Government Predict Popular Support for COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Various Professions and Demographic Groups: A Research Note. American Politics Research. Forthcoming.
10. Viskupič, F., Celik Wiltse, E., & Wiltse, D. (2022). Pocketbook versus Identity? Farmers’ Attitudes towards International Trade. The Social Science Journal. Forthcoming.
9. Viskupič, F., Wiltse, D., & Meyer, B. (2022). Trust in Physicians and Trust in Government Predict COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake. Social Science Quarterly. 103(3), 509-520.
8. Viskupič, F., Wiltse, D., & Meyer, B. (2022). Beyond Vaccination: Messaging From Religious Leaders Can Help Increase Adherence to COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines Following Vaccination. A Research Note. The Social Science Journal. Forthcoming.
7. Meyer B., Viskupič F., & Wiltse D. (2022) Understanding and overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in South Dakota. South Dakota Medicine. 75(3), 139-140.
6. Viskupič, F., & Wiltse, D. (2022). The Messenger Matters: Religious Leaders and Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy. PS: Political Science & Politics. 55(3), 504-509.
5. Meyer, B. A., Viskupič, F., & Wiltse, D. (2022). Pharmacists to Partner with Religious Leaders to Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy Amongst Christians. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 62(1), 302–304.
4. Viskupič, F. (2021). Experimental Evidence on Prestige Attribution in International Relations. The Social Science Journal. Forthcoming.
3. Viskupič, F. (2021) Status, Maintenance of Security, and Militarized Foreign Policy. Midwest Social Sciences Journal, 24(1).
2. Viskupič, F. (2020). More Valuable than Blood and Treasure? Experimental Evidence on the Impact of Status on Domestic Preferences for Military Intervention. Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, 26(4).
1. Viskupič, F., & Atkinson, D. B. (2018). When States Resist: Regime Type, Relative Power, and Militarized Compellent Threats. Journal of Global Security Studies, 3(4), 431-443.

Other Publications:
3. Viskupič, F., & Wiltse, D. (2022, December 2). Nurses’ attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccination for their children are highly influenced by partisanship, a new study finds. The Conversation.
2. Viskupič, F., & Wiltse, D. (2022, May 12). For some people, religious leaders might be most effective at communicating the importance of COVID-19 vaccination. The Conversation.
1. Wiltse, D., & Viskupič, F. (2021, October 14). South Dakota’s wealth is in finance. South Dakotans still think it’s in farming. The Washington Post.

Applications of Research

Recent Media Appearances:
AMC Northeast Public Radio (January 18, 2023)
South Dakota Public Broadcasting (November 15, 2022)
Dakota News Now (February 23, 2022)
Rapid City Journal (September 16, 2021)



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