Does Campaign-Specific Political Knowledge Matter?

While political scientists have long recognized the strong relationship between general political knowledge and voter turnout, less work has attempted to explore how knowing generalized political facts -- such as the proportion of Congress required to override a presidential veto -- might relate to participation. One possible mechanism linking the…

Candidate Name Order

Do candidates listed earlier on the ballot perform better than those listed later?  This research seeks to understand how candidate performance relates to ballot placement through an evaluation of the influence of name order in California general elections. Project has been conducted in conjunction with: Daniel Schneider, Stanford University Alex…

Social Media and Politics

University of Michigan - Today social media have become an integral part of the political process.  Candidates tweet to constituents and political revolutions are organized on Facebook.  But what kind of a change does social media represent?  Or is it a change at all? Social media might just be the…

Now at the University of Michigan

I recently took up my new home at the University of Michigan.  I will be based in the department of Communication Studies and will be teaching two courses in the fall semester: one on Social Media and Politics and one on Debating Politics and Science.  My office address is: Department…

Debating Politics and Science

University of Michigan - Scientific issues have often formed the basis for political debates.  But translating science into public policy can be a messy business.  As journalists, policy makers, and citizens encounter scientific research, well-established findings are often a matter for contentious political opposition and conflicted public opinion -- witness…