Ph. D., Indiana University, 1994. Principal research and teaching interests include political participation, voting behavior, and U.S. elections.
Much of my research focuses on electoral participation in the United States. Recently, I have relied on WiscAds data to examine how TV advertising in Senate campaigns influences individual turnout in Senate elections and have also conducted a study that revisits the influence of campaign tone on participation in Senate elections. Moving beyond voter turnout, I have completed another study, also relying on WiscAds data, which assesses whether negative TV advertisements produce corrosive effects on a wide variety of mass attitudes. Treating candidates’ TV advertising decisions as something to be explained, another line of research develops and tests a dynamic theory of candidate interaction during campaigns. Finally, another stream of research examines the political-connectedness of Latinos. Capturing connectedness via a series of dependent variables, one study assesses the implications of the institution of dual nationality among first generation Latino immigrants.
POS 4413: American Presidency
POS 5045: Core Seminar on American Politics