Phillip Ardoin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of American Politics in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. His teaching and research interest focus on social media and politics, presidential elections, and black politics. He earned his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University and his B.A. from Marymount University. He was born and raised in Lafayette, LA and has live in the mountains of North Carolina since 2003.