What does Political Science Research Say About…..

These accessible pieces, featured on PoliticalScienceNow.com, the Journal of Political Science Education, and PS: Political Science, outline research broadly related to voting and civic engagement that political science faculty can use in the classroom. New links will be added as new blog posts are published throughout the year. We are grateful to Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis for providing free access to the JPSE and PS articles featured in the campaign through the end of 2019.  

“Campaigning in a Crisis: Political Communication and Rhetoric during COVID-19”Laura Ellyn Smith (Canterbury Christ Church University)
“Do (Nasty) Campaigns Mobilize?”Alessandro Nai (University of Amsterdam)

“Mapping the Geography of Gubernatorial Campaigns Using Social Media”

Austin Trantham (Jacksonville University)
“Women of Color are Brights Spots in Contested Transformation: Reflections on the 2016 Elections”Pei-te Lien (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Carol Hardy-Fanta, (University of Massachusetts, Boston) with Dianne Pinderhughes (University of Notre Dame) and Christine Sierra (University of New Mexico)
“Unfair Treatment by the Police May Matter Even More Than We Thought When It Comes to African Americans and the Legal System: Lessons from ‘Black and Blue”James L. Gibson (Washington University in St. Louis) and Michael J. Nelson (Pennsylvania State University)
“Will the Recent Black Lives Matter Protests Lead to Police Reform?”Davin Phoenix (University of California, Irvine) and Maneesh Arora (Wellesley College)
“Understanding Contemporary African American Political Engagement through Anger and Empowerment”Christopher Towler (California State University, Sacramento)
“Beyond the Ballot: Lessons from Tocqueville on Civic Education”Christina Bambrick (Clemson University)
“Climate Change and Populist Democracy”Gregory Koutnik (University of Pennsylvania) 
“Critique, Create, Collaborate: Sensing Policy As Policy Justice”Sarah Wiebe (University of Hawai’i)
“Democracy is More Than Just Voting”Matthew Draper (University of California, San Diego)
“Impeachment and the ‘Ukraine Conspiracy'”Russell Muirhead (Dartmouth College) and Nancy L. Rosenblum (Harvard University) 
“Inviting Defeat: American Sectarianism and Third Parties”Edwin Daniel Jacob (George Mason University)
“Tocqueville for the Holidays”Randal Hendrickson (The Jack Miller Center)
“Why Vote? Using Political Theory to Encourage Political Participation”Dannica Fleuss (Helmut-Schmidt-University)

“Centering Race and Gender, Intersectionally”

Dara Strolovitch, Princeton University; Janelle Wong, University of Maryland

“Everywhere is the Same Story: Voter Turnout”

Francesca Vassallo (University of Southern Maine)

“Feeling the 2020 Election? How Collective Experiences of Emotions Might Reshape the Political Landscape”

Camille Burge (Villanova University)

“Hiding in Plain Sight: White Women Vote Republican”

Jane Junn, University of Southern California

“Native American Voters and Candidates in Election 2018”

Laura E. Evans, University of Washington; Raymond Foxworth, First Nations Development Institute; Kimberly R. Huyser, University of New Mexico; Yoshira Macias-Mejia, University of New Mexico; Gabriel Sanchez, University of New Mexico

“Political Participation in Immigrant Communities” 

Maricruz Ariana Osorio (University of California, Riverside)

“Taking the Temperature of the Global Crisis in Democracy”

Adam Lerner, University of Cambridge

“Women and Support for Trump: Race, Place, Identity or Something More?”

Gregory Davis, Harvard University

“Why Many Young People Don’t Vote- And How to Fix That” 

John Holbein (University of Virginia)

“Will Trump & Congressional Republicans Benefit from White Racial Attitudes in 2020?”

Isaac Hale (University of California, Davis) Carlos Algara (University of Texas, El Paso) 


“Political researchers say efforts by colleges and universities to boost student civic engagement are paying off and that nearly 40 percent of students who were eligible to vote cast ballots in the 2018 elections, a significant upswing from 19 percent in the 2014 election.” – Inside Higher Ed, ‘Massive Surge in Voting’ (2019)

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