UW politics and elections experts
Professor emeritus, Department of Sociology; adjunct professor, Department of Political Science
Expertise: Burstein has studied American politics, social movements, and, especially, the causes of policy change. He finds that we can’t expect to have much influence on most policies, because people don’t care what the government does on most issues; yet it’s also true that on a surprising number of issues there is very little interest group involvement. It may be far from clear who “wins” on most issues. He is the author of the 2014 book “American Public Opinion, Advocacy, and Policy in Congress: What the Public Wants and What it Gets.”
Professor, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, Department of Sociology
Expertise: Tyranny, genocide, war, conflict mitigation, the role of ideas in shaping our world, social change, the Tea Party.
Professor and chair, Department of Communications
Expertise: Domke studies political leadership, news coverage and social change, particularly the dynamics of post-9/11 America. Recent news articles:Labor Economics, Social Issues
James D. Long
Assistant professor, Department of Political Science
Expertise: Long studies elections in fragile and developing countries, including the determinants of voting behavior and turnout, the dynamics of election fraud, the impact of information and communication technologies on corruption monitoring, the causes of electoral violence and the effects of civil war and insurgency on state-building and development. James studies these issues in sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan.
Professor and chair, Department of Political Science
Expertise: Lovell studies American political institutions, political development, social movements and constitutional theory. His research explores how law and litigation influences the way people organize for political participation, with particular emphasis on labor and civil rights organizations.
Associate professor, Evans School of Public Affairs
Expertise: Marlowe studies public financial management, state and local fiscal policy, government accountability and public-private partnerships.
Christopher S. Parker
Associate professor, Department of Political Science
Expertise: Parker brings survey data to bear on questions of historical import. His research has included the tea party, civil rights and the urban crises of the 1960s. Co-author (with Matt Barreto) of “Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America.” 2013.
Professor, political science; adjunct professor, Comparative Religion Program, Department of Communications
Expertise: Smith researches public opinion, interest groups, political communication, political economy and public policy.