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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Political Science


American Politics

The American politics group represents a vibrant and diverse faculty with a long history of visibility in the discipline. Our research examines the role of institutions, the public, and other individuals and groups in the political process. This takes the form of studies involving elections and voting behavior, public opinion, Congress, political psychology, social movements, race, and the American states, among others. Two major areas of emphasis are political behavior and American national institutions.

American politics faculty members have published with the leading academic presses, including Cambridge University Press, Duke University Press, the University of Illinois Press, and SUNY Press. They also frequently publish their work in the leading discipline-wide and subfield journals – including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of PoliticsPolitical Research QuarterlyLegislative Studies QuarterlyPublic Opinion QuarterlyPolitical Behavior, and American Politics Research. Moreover, they are the recipients of a number of awards and are recognized as leaders in the field through appointments to editorial boards, positions in professional associations, teaching at the ICPSR summer program, and so forth.

Graduate students frequently collaborate and publish with American politics faculty and are trained to develop rigorous theoretical research programs drawing on a wide range of sophisticated statistical and analytical methods. Our American Politics Ph.D. alumni currently hold faculty positions at institutions such as the University of North Texas, the University of Montana, the University of Akron, James Madison University, and Roanoke College. Our alumni also include the Past President of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and current President of Abt SRBI, one of the leading public opinion survey firms in the world.