A highlight of our degree programs is undoubtedly our faculty. A recent study conducted at the University of California–Irvine noted that SPIA’s faculty are among the most cited in their fields. Keith Poole, from Political Science, was included in the top 100 most frequently cited faculty members in political science. Cas Mudde, from International Affairs, is listed among the top 25 most cited faculty members who received their PhDs between 1995 and 1999. Keith Poole is also ranked in the top 25 most frequently cited in the “American Politics” category. Our faculty produce cutting-edge research that helps inform the public understanding of politics and policy both at home and abroad.

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Research Collaborations

Our graduate students have an outstanding record of publishing distinctive research even before they graduate. Below are some recent publications authored or co-authored by our graduate students in collaboration with our faculty.

Gordon Ballingrud and Keith L. Dougherty. 2018. “Coalitional Instability and the Three-Fifths Compromise.” American Journal of Political Science 62(4): 861-72.

Ethan D. Boldt and Christina L. Boyd. (2018). The Political Responsiveness of Violent Crime Prosecution. Political Research Quarterly, 71(4), 936–948.

Christina L. Boyd and Ethan D. Boldt. 2017. “U.S. District Courts” in Routledge Handbook of Judicial Behavior. Robert M. Howard and Kirk A. Randazzo, eds. Routledge.

Jason Byers and Jamie Carson.  2017. “Trump and the Republican Congress: The Challenges of Governing.” The Forum 15(3): 499-512.

Jason Byers and Jamie Carson.  2017. “What’s Rules Got to Do with It?  Parties, Reform, and Selection in the Presidential Nomination Process.”  In Changing How America Votes.  Todd Donavan, editor.  Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 142-155.

Jamie Carson and Aaron Hitefield. 2019.  “Donald Trump, Nationalization, and the 2018 Midterm Elections.” The Forum, Forthcoming.

Jamie Carson and Joel Sievert.  2017. “Congressional Candidates in the Era of Party Ballots.”  Journal of Politics 79(2): 534-545.

Jamie Carson and Ryan Williamson.  2018. “Candidate Ideology and Electoral Success in Congressional Elections” Public Choice 176(July): 175-192.

Jamie Carson and Ryan Williamson.  2018. “Candidate Emergence in the Era of Direct Primaries.”  In Handbook of Primary Elections.  Robert Boatright, editor.  Routledge, pp. 57-71.

Christopher Hare and James E. Monogan III. Conditionally accepted. “The Democratic Deficit on Salient Issues: Immigration and Healthcare in the States.” Journal of Public Policy.

Joshua L. Jackson, Shelby L. Hall, and Daniel W. Hill, Jr. 2018. “Democracy and police violence.” Research & Politics (January-March): 1-8. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2053168018759126

Annie Watson and Daniel W. Hill, Jr. Forthcoming. “Democracy and Compliance with Human Rights Treaties: The Conditional Effectiveness of the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” International Studies Quarterly.

Sarah Hunter and Amanda Murdie. 2017. “International Non-governmental Organizations and Foreign Policy Analysis.” In the Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis.

Joshua L. Jackson and James E. Monogan III. Conditionally accepted. “The Fifty American States in Space and Time: Applying Conditionally Autoregressive Models.” Political Science Research and Methods.

Anthony J. Madonna and Ryan Williamson. Forthcoming. “Questions of Order in the United States Senate: Procedural Uncertainty and the Role of the Parliamentarian.” Social Science Quarterly.

Anthony J. Madonna, Mark E. Owens, and Ryan Williamson. 2018. “The Vice President in the U.S. Senate: Examining the Consequences of Institutional Design.” Congress and the Presidency 45: 145-165.

James E. Monogan III and Austin C. Doctor. 2017. “Immigration Politics and Partisan Realignment: California, Texas, and the 1994 Election. State Politics & Policy Quarterly 17(1): 3-23.

Amanda Murdie, Andrew P. Owsiak, Naji Bsisu, Sam R. Bell, K. Chad Clay, Nicole Detraz, Dursun Peksen and Timothy M. Peterson. 2018. “The Necessity of Research-Informed International Relations: Announcing a New Editorial Team for International Studies Review” International Studies Review 20(1): 1-2.

Amanda Murdie and Carolin Purser. 2017. “How Protest Affects Opinions of Peaceful Demonstration and Expression Rights.” Journal of Human Rights 16(3): 351-369.

Keith L. Dougherty, Alice Kisaalita, Jordan McKissick, and Evan Katz. 2018. “Stopping Rules for Majority Voting: A Public Choice Experiment.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2018.04.014

Robert A. Cooper and Keith L. Dougherty. 2017. “The Consistency of James Madison’s Politics.” American Political Thought 6(2): 201-227.