RESEARCH

Research Interests

American Politics (Congressional Representation, Congressional Elections, Electoral Competition)
Political Methodology (Research Methods, Natural Experiments)

Scholarly Publications

“Campaign Finance Trends and Developments in the 2020 Elections.” Forthcoming chapter in The Elections of 2020. 2021. Ed., Michael Nelson. University of Virginia Press.

 

“Beyond Partisanship: Outperforming the Party Label With Local Roots in Congressional Elections.” 2020. Forthcoming in Congress and the Presidency.

 

“Expanding Constituency Support Through Shared Local Roots in U.S. House Primaries.” 2020. Forthcoming in American Politics Research.

 

“Reassessing Group Incentives, Independent Spending, and Campaign Finance Law by Comparing the States.” 2020. Forthcoming in Election Law Journal. (with Jaclyn Kettler, Brendan Glavin, Michael J. Malbin, and Keith E. Hamm)

 

 

“Team Players: How Committee Staffers Clear the Runway for Legislative Action in Congress.” 2020. Book chapter from Congress Overwhelmed. Eds., Tim LaPira, Kevin R. Kosar and Lee Drutman. University of Chicago Press. (with Casey Burgat)

 

“When Does Redistricting Matter? Changing Conditions and Their Effect on Voter Turnout.” 2018. Electoral Studies 54 (128-138)

Working Papers

“Growing Tea With Subnational Roots: Predicting Tea Party Affiliation in State Legislatures.” Under Review. (with Stella Rouse and Kristen Essel)

 

“In the Interests of Millennials? Exploring Generational Representation in U.S. State Legislatures.” Under Review. (with Stella Rouse and Jay Barth)

 

“Gender Dynamics and Modern Spending Patterns in Congressional Campaigns.” Unver Review. (with Jaclyn Kettler and Paul Herrnson)

 

“'Communication Style' With Substance: How Legislators Advertise Their Effectiveness to Constituents” (with Kristina Miler)

 

“Redistricting and the Uprooting of Homegrown Incumbents in Congress.”

 

“Outrunning the Wave: How Presidential (Dis)approval Affects House Retirements and Ideological Replacement in the House.”

Conference Papers

“Higher-Quality Control: What Types of Challengers Really Succeed?” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, 2019.


“Growing Tea at the Grassroots: Predicting Tea Party Affiliation in State Legislatures.” Southern Political Science Association, Austin, TX, 2019. (with Stella Rouse and Kristen Essel)

“Independent Spending in State Elections after Citizens United by Business, Ideological and Issue Groups.” American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, 2018. (with Keith E. Hamm, Jaclyn Kettler, and Michael J. Malbin)

 

Fake it ‘Til You Make it: New Avenues for Challenger Success Through Campaign Spending.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, 2018. (with Casey Burgat)

Independent Spending in State Elections after Citizens United by Business, Ideological and Issue Groups.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, 2018. (with Keith E. Hamm, Jaclyn Kettler and Michael J. Malbin)

 

“Beyond Partisanship: The Personal Electoral Connection and its Impact on Incumbent Margins.” Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, 2018.

 

Nationalized Party Networks in State Elections, 2006-2016.” American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, 2017. (with Keith E. Hamm, Jaclyn Kettler, Michael J. Malbin and Brendan Glavin)

 

Paying to Play: Dual Candidacy Laws and the Potential Costs of Running for Office.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, 2017.

 

“Testing the Effects of Redistricting, Competition, and Political Displacement on Turnout.” Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, 2017.


Recruiting the Best Candidate for the Job:  Candidate Dyads and Congressional Election Outcomes.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2016 (with James Gimpel and Kristina Miler)

Other Publications and Reports

6 months from the election, where does the race for control of Congress stand?” Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, LegBranch.com; May 3, 2020

 

Bernie talks about a revolution. Does he act on it?” Brookings Institution; April 11, 2020 (with Casey Burgat and Trey Billing)

 

Congressional representation may be nationalizing, but some politics is still local.” Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, LegBranch.com; March 13, 2019

“The 116th freshman class will be the 2nd most educated—and least politically experienced—in the history of the House.” Brookings Institution; December 28th, 2018. (with Casey Burgat)

Freshman class of Congress is looking younger, more female.” USA Today; November 12, 2018 (with Casey Burgat and Trey Billing)

 

Everything you want to know about the 2018 midterm House elections in 8 charts.” Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, LegBranch.com; November 7, 2018 (with Casey Burgat and Trey Billing)

 

The who, what, when, where, and why of congressional campaign spending.” Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, LegBranch.com; September 25, 2018 (with Casey Burgat)

“​Why was the Peter Strzok hearing such a circus? Because Congress wanted it that way.​” ​The Washington Post (Monkey Cage Blog); July 17, 2018 (​ with Casey Burgat)

“​How Committee Staffers Clear the Runway for Legislative Action in Congress.​” ​Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, LegBranch.com; June 15, 2018 (​ with Casey Burgat)

Members of Congress may not look like their constituents, but they do look like their parties.” Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, LegBranch.com, 2018

 

No, gerrymandering is not THE cause for non-competitive congressional elections and legislative polarization.” Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, LegBranch.com, 2018

 

How Wealthy are our Representatives?” Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, LegBranch.com, 2017 (with Casey Burgat)

 

Are Long Weekends Reducing Congress’ Productivity?” Policy short published by the R Street Institute; re-published as shortened op-ed in Inside Sources (with Casey Burgat)

 

Revisiting the Evidence on Party Contribution Limits.” Report published by the Campaign Finance Institute, 2017 (with Michael J. Malbin)


Campaign Finance and Public Opinion: Analysis from the Washington Post/University of Maryland Poll.” Report published by the Center for American Politics and Citizenship, 2016

ResearchGate Profile

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