Professor, Political Science
Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor
Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence
Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1976
American politics, political parties, public opinion, women and politics, immigration
MAX 123: Critical Issues for the United States
PSC 792: Research Design in Political Science
MAX 201: Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences
New Immigrant Communities: Finding a Place in Local Politics
. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010.
After Suffrage: Women in Partisan and Electoral Politics Before the New Deal
. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
The Creation of a Democratic Majority, 1928-1936
. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.
Recent Articles and Book Chapters:
"Constructing a New Majority: The Depression, the New Deal, and the Democrats." In Marjorie Randon Hershey (ed.), Guide to U.S. Political Parties. Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2014.
"The Importance of Women in the 2012 U.S. Elections", e-International Relations, January 10, 2013 (
"Parties, Organizations, and the Political Incorporation of Immigrants in Six Cities," in Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations and Political Engagement edited by S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and Irene Bloemraad. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2008 (pp. 77-106).
"In Whose Interest? Political Parties, Context, and the Incorporation of Immigrants," in New Race Politics: Understanding Minority and Immigrant Politics, edited by Jane Junn and Kerry Haynie. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008 (pp. 17-38).
"What I Learned (and Re-Learned) When I Ran for Local Office." PS: Political Science and Politics July 2007, pp. 507-510.
“Party Reform and Changing Patterns of Associationalism, 1880-1920” (with McGee Young): uses data from late 19th and early 20th century city directories to examine over-time trends in the decline of fraternal organizations and the rise of business and professional organizations; argues that reforms that weakened local political parties were partly responsible for these shifts.
“Immigrants, Political Participation & Trade Unions”(with Erika Wilkens): uses 2002/03 European Social Survey data; examines how one type of civic organisation – trade unions – affects the political participation of immigrants in Western European countries, and in particular examines whether the unions’ role in mobilizing immigrants is greater in pluralist industrial relations systems where unions are weaker and have a greater incentive to actively mobilise and socialise their membership.
“The Impact of Female Candidates on Political Involvement in 2008” (with Emily Thorson): Explores the postulated “role model effect” where women candidates are thought to boost the political interest and participation of women voters. We use the panel component of the 2008 National Annenberg Election Study to focus on the impact (on women’s political participation and trust) of campaigns involving women candidates.
Eventual book-length manuscript on the transformation of the Democratic Party, nationally and in New York State, during the late 1920s and early 1930s. This will bring together information about activities of party leaders and party elites with data on the response of voters, especially groups such as immigrants, working class and union voters, and young voters, during this period.
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