Charles R. Hunt

Hi! I'm currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science in Boise State University's School of Public Service. I specialize in the study of congressional representation, congressional elections, and electoral competition in the United States. I'm currently teaching courses on Polarization in American Politics, and Political Representation in the U.S. I have Ph.D. in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.A. in political science from Brown University.

Book Project

My forthcoming book, entitled "Home Field Advantage: Roots, Reelection, and Representation in the Modern Congress", explores the ways in which members of Congress use their local roots in the district to relate to and win the support of their constituents in ways that transcend partisanship. I argue and find that a legislator's strong pre-Congress local roots in their districts help them win elections and thereby affect their constituent-oriented behavior.