About Us

We are a dynamic department that teaches courses across the discipline in political science, including American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

Our faculty have expertise in the presidency, social security, courts, legislatures, state politics, public opinion, and political violence.

We have a particular synergy in the study of voting and elections, with specialists in voting behavior, public opinion, elections, and turnout both within the American states, in the US, and across the globe, including the study of both democratic and nondemocratic regimes.

Recent Research

  • Best, Rebecca H. “Legislative Gender Diversity and the Resolution of Civil Conflict.” Political Research Quarterly (2018). With Sarah Shair-Rosenfield, and Reed M. Wood.
  • Leiter, Debra. (2018). Social Networks, Predispositions and Split-Ticket Voting: The Case of the 1990 German Unification Election. Political Studies.
  • Lyne, M. (2015). Rethinking the political economy of Import Substitution Industrialization in Brazil: A clientelist model of development policymaking. Latin American Politics and Society, 57(1), 75-98.
  • Skidmore, Max J. “Thoughts on Constitutions: Occasioned by a Congress on Iceland’s Democracy.” World Affairs (2018).
  • Vonnahme, Beth. (2015). Evaluating political candidates: Does weight matter?. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 1(3), 287. With Wade Elmore, Lauren Thompson, Diane Filion, and Jennifer D. Lundgren.
  • Vonnahme, Greg. (2016). Context and political knowledge: Explaining cross-national variation in partisan left-right knowledge. The Journal of Politics 78(4) 1211. With David Fortunato and Randolph T. Stevenson.
  • Woodson, Benjamin. (2018) The Dynamics of Legitimacy Change for the US Supreme Court. Justice System Journal 39(1) 75.