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Publications

CV

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

2014. Voters Don't Care Much about Incumbency. In Journal of Experimental Political Science 1 (December): 132-143.

2013. Does Money Buy Votes? The Case of Self-Financed Gubernatorial Candidates, 1998-2008. In Political Behavior 35 (March): 21-41.

2012. The Item Veto's Sting. In State Politics and Policy Quarterly 12 (June): 183-203.

2011. Twitter: The Electoral Connection? With David S. Lassen. In The Social Science Computer Review 29 (4): 419-436.

2011. Losing to Nobody? Nevada's 'None of these Candidates' Ballot Reform. In The Social Science Journal 48 (June): 364-370.

2011. Wikipedia as a Data Source for Political Scientists? Accuracy and Completeness of Coverage. In PS: Political Science and Politics 44 (April): 339-343.

2010. Are Governors Responsible for the State Economy? Partisanship, Blame, and Divided Federalism. In The Journal of Politics 72 (July): 605-615.

2008. Party, Performance, and Strategic Politicians: The Dynamics of Elections for Senator and Governor in 2006. With Gary C. Jacobson. In State Politics and Policy Quarterly 8 (winter): 384-409. Download replication data.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

2013. Utah: Pizza Slices, Doughnut Holes, and One-Party Dominance. In The Political Battle over Congressional Redistricting, edited by William J. Miller and Jeremy D. Walling. Lexington Books.

Talks and Conference Papers

2015. When do States Amend their Constitutions?. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, held in Sacramento, California, September 3-6. An earlier version was presented at the 15th annual Conference on State Politics and Policy, held in Sacramento, California, May 28-30.

2014. The Item Veto, the Single Subject Rule, and Legislative-Executive Bargaining: A Randomized Experiment . Presented at the 14th annual Conference on State Politics and Policy, Bloomington, Indiana, May 15-17, 2014.

2014. Assessing the Item Veto using Randomized Experimentation . Paper presented at the 72nd annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, held in Chicago, Illinois, April 3-6, 2014.

2013. Voters Don't Care about Incumbency  Paper presented at the 71st annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, held in Chicago, Illinois, April 10-13, 2013.

2013. Why do Legislators Miss Votes?  With Jay Goodliffe. Paper presented at the 71st annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, held in Chicago, Illinois, April 10-13, 2013.

2012. Do Voters Care about Incumbency?  Prepared for presentation at the ill-fated annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, New Orleans, Lousiana, August 29-September 2, 2012.

2011. Why do County Parties Have Platforms? Brand Differentiation in the States  Paper presented at the 11th annual Conference on State Politics and Policy, held at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 3-4, 2011.

2011. The Item Veto's Sting  Paper presented at the 69th annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, held in Chicago, Illinois, March 30-April 3, 2011.

2011. Can't Get on the News? Get on Twitter With David S. Lassen, who is the corresponding author. Paper presented at the 69th annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, held in Chicago, Illinois, March 30-April 3, 2011.

2010. Self-Finance is Not Strategic: Data from the 1998-2008 Gubernatorial Elections  Paper presented at the 10th annual Conference on State Politics and Policy, held in Springfield, Illinois, June 3-5, 2010.

2010. Twitter: The Electoral Connection  With David S. Lassen. Paper presented at the 68th annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, held in Chicago, Illinois, April 22-25, 2010.

2009. Campaign Spending and Spurious Correlations: Why Self-Financed Gubernatorial Candidates Lose  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, held in Toronto, Canada, September 3-6, 2009.

2009. What Money Can't Buy: Self-Financed Candidates in Gubernatorial Elections  Paper presented at the ninth annual Conference on State Politics and Policy, held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, May 22-23, 2009.

2008. Does Challenger Quality Matter? Candidates and Donors in the 2006 Gubernatorial Elections  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, held in Boston, Massachusetts, August 28-31, 2008.

2008. Partisanship, Blame, and Divided Federalism: How Voters Assess Gubernatorial Responsibility for the State Economy  Paper presented at the 8th annual State Policy and Politics Conference, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 30-31, 2008.

2007. Party, Performance, and Strategic Politicians: The Dynamics of Elections for Senator and Governor in 2006  With Gary C. Jacobson. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, held in Chicago, Illinois, August 30-September 2, 2007.

2007. Gubernatorial Approval and Strategic Entry in the 2006 Elections  Paper presented at the 65th annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, held in Chicago, Illinois, April 12-15, 2007.

Dissertation

I earned my PhD from UCSD. My dissertation dealt with the roles that challengers and campaign donors play in U.S. gubernatorial elections. Just for fun, this shows the most common words in my dissertation. (Click to enlarge.)

Dissertation wordle