About

Thank you for visiting. I have been at Temple since 2004. I was the first director of Temple’s Institute for Public Affairs, serving from 2004 until 2008, and served as Graduate Chair in the Department of Political Science from 2008 through 2012. Prior to arriving at Temple, I was Associate Research Professor and Director of the Center for Public Interest Polling at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey; Senior Research Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and Co-Director of the 2000 National Annenberg Election Survey; and Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University, where I also served for two years as Director of Undergraduate Studies.

My current research focuses on the conduct and consequences of campaigns and elections in Pennsylvania and the United States, and on the politics of civil rights. I have co-authored two books, contributed chapters to several volumes about presidential campaigns and elections, and authored or co-authored articles appearing in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Congress & the Presidency, the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, The Forum, and The Polling Report, as well as the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

I have taught courses on public opinion and elections, civil rights and political participation, campaign politics and the news media, political parties and the American presidency, as well as quantitative analysis and research design.

My Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science are from the University of California, Berkeley, and my B.A. in Political Science is from Stanford University. I grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.