Jamie L. Carson

Department of Political Science
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Department of Political Science

Jamie Carson is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia. He received his PhD from Michigan State University in 2003, where he was a fellow in the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program now located at Duke University. He has worked at the University of Georgia since August 2004 and his research interests include American politics and methods. He regularly teaches courses on the U.S. Congress, the presidency, the politics of congressional elections, and American political development.

Education
  • Ph. D., Michigan State University 2003, Political Science
  • M.A., Michigan State University 1999, Political Science
  • M.A., Western Illinois University 1996, Political Science
  • B.A., Western Illinois University 1994, Political Science
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Professor Carson is an expert on congressional politics and elections, separation of powers, and American political development.  He is broadly interested in electoral accountability, representation, and strategic behavior among political elites.  He has published a wide variety of scholarly articles in academic journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and Political Analysis.  His most recent book, Ambition, Competition, and Electoral Reform: The Politics of Congressional Elections Across Time, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2013.  He IS a co-author with Gary Jacobson on the 9th edition of The Politics of Congressional Elections (Roman & Littlefield).

Areas of Expertise
  • Congressional politics
  • Congressional elections
  • U.S. Presidency
  • American political development
  • Separation of powers
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Political Research Quarterly Outstanding Reviewer Award for 2014
  • Hahn-Sigelman Prize for the Best Article Published in American Politics Research in 2014 (with Trey Hood), for “Candidates, Competition, and the Partisan Press: Congressional Elections in the Early Antebellum Era”
  • University of Georgia Career Center Recognition for Career Development of Undergraduate Students, 2014
  • School of Public and International Affairs Award for Excellence in Research, University of Georgia, 2012
  • School of Public and International Affairs Summer Research Grant, University of Georgia, 2012
  • Graduate School Outstanding Mentoring Award Recipient, University of Georgia, 2011
  • Political Research Quarterly Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2010
  • J. Hatten Howard III Honors Teaching Award Recipient, University of Georgia, 2009
Course Instruction
Research Interests
  • American Politics
  • Political Institutions (Congress, Presidency)
  • Congressional Elections
  • American Political Development
  • Methodology
Selected Publications
  • Carson, Jamie and Joel Sievert.  2017.  “Congressional Candidates in the Era of Party Ballots.”  Journal of Politics, Forthcoming
  • Carson, Jamie, Anthony Madonna, and Mark Owens.  2016.  “Regulating the Floor: Tabling Motions in the U.S. Senate, 1865-1946.”  American Politics Research 44(1): 56-80.
  • Carson, Jamie and Joel Sievert.  2015.  “Electoral Reform and Changes in Legislative Behavior:  Adoption of the Secret Ballot in Congressional Elections.”  Legislative Studies Quarterly 40(1): 83-110.
  • Carson, Jamie, Michael Crespin, and Anthony Madonna.  2014.  “Procedural Signaling, Party Loyalty, and Traceability in the U.S. House of Representatives.” Political Research Quarterly 67(4): 729-742.
  • Carson, Jamie, Michael Crespin, and Ryan Williamson.  2014.  “Re-evaluating the Effects of Redistricting on Electoral Competition, 1972-2012.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 14(2): 162-174.
  • Carson, Jamie L. and Jason M. Roberts.  2013.  Ambition, Competition, and Electoral Reform: The Politics of Congressional Elections Across Time.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  • Carson, Jamie, Anthony Madonna, and Mark Owens.  2013.  “Partisan Efficiency in an Open-Rule Setting: The Amending Process in the U.S. Senate, 1865-1945.” Congress & the Presidency 40(2): 105-128.
  • Carson, Jamie and Stephen Pettigrew.  2013.  “Strategic Politicians, Partisan Roll Calls, and the Tea Party: Evaluating the 2010 Midterm Elections.  Electoral Studies 32(1): 26-36.
  • Carson, Jamie, Michael Crespin, Carrie Eaves, and Emily Wanless.  2012.  “Constituency Congruency and Candidate Competition in Primary Elections for the U.S. House.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 12(2): 127-145.
  • Carson, Jamie, Michael Lynch, and Anthony Madonna.  2011.  “Coalition Formation in the House and Senate: Examining the Effect of Institutional Change on Major Legislation.”  Journal of Politics 78(4): 1125-1138.
  • Carson, Jamie, Michael Crespin, Carrie Eaves, and Emily Wanless. 2011.  “Constituency Congruency and Candidate Competition in U.S. House Elections.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 36(3): 461-482.
  • Carson, Jamie, Gregory Koger, Matthew Lebo, and Everett Young. 2010.  “The Electoral Costs of Party Loyalty in Congress.”  American Journal of Political Science 54(3): 598-616.
  • Carson, Jamie L., Erik J. Engstrom, and Jason M. Roberts. 2007.  “Candidate Quality, the Personal Vote, and the Incumbency Advantage in Congress”  2007.  American Political Science Review 101(2):289-301.
  • Carson, Jamie L., Erik J. Engstrom, and Jason M. Roberts. 2006.  “Redistricting, Candidate Entry, and the Politics of Nineteenth Century U.S. House Elections.”  American Journal of Political Science 50(2):283-293.
  • Carson, Jamie L. and Erik J. Engstrom.  2005.  “Assessing the Electoral Connection: Evidence from the Early United States.”  American Journal of Political Science 49: 746-757.
  • Jenkins, Jeffery A., Michael A. Crespin, and Jamie L. Carson. 2005.  “Parties as Procedural Coalitions in Congress: An Examination of Differing Career Tracks.”  Legislative Studies Quarterly 30: 365-389.
  • Carson, Jamie L. and Jason M. Roberts.  2005.  “Strategic Politicians and U.S. House Elections, 1874-1914.” The Journal of Politics 67(May): 474-496.
  • Carson, Jamie L.  2005.  “Strategy, Selection, and Candidate Competition in U.S. House and Senate Elections.” The Journal of Politics 67(February): 1-28.
  • Carson, Jamie L. and Michael H. Crespin.  2004. “Evaluating the Effects of State Redistricting Plans on Electoral Competition in U.S. House Races.”  State Politics and Policy Quarterly 4(4):455-469.
  • Carson, Jamie L.  2003.  “Strategic Interaction and Candidate Competition in U.S. House Elections: Empirical Applications of Probit and Strategic Probit Models.”  2003.  Political Analysis 11(4): 368-380.
  • Carson, Jamie L., Jeffery A. Jenkins, David W. Rohde, and Mark A. Souva.  2001.  “The Impact of National Tides and District-Level Effects on Electoral Outcomes: The U.S. Congressional Elections of 1862-1863.” American Journal of Political Science 45(4): 887-898.