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Alex BadasAlex Badas
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Research Interests: Judicial politics; public opinion; decision-making in institutions; political psychology

Teaching Interests: Constitutional Law and Politics; Judicial Politics; Public Opinion; Political Institutions; Political Psychology; Research Design; Survey Design

Dissertation Title: "The Public’s Motivated Response to Supreme Court Decision-Making"

Dissertation Committee: Eileen Braman (chair), Edward Carmines, Matthew Hayes, Mary Murphy (Department of Psychology)

Peer Reviewed Articles: Badas, Alex and Katelyn E. Stauffer. Forthcoming. “Someone like Me: Descriptive Representation and Support for Supreme Court Nominees.” Political Research Quarterly.

Badas, Alex. 2017. “The Public’s Motivated Response to Supreme Court Decision-Making.” Justice System Journal. 37(4) 318-330.

Additional Training: The Summer Institute in Political Psychology, Stanford University. 2013

Laura BucciLaura Bucci
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Bucci, Laura C. Forthcoming. "Organized Labor's Check on Rising Economic Inequality in the U.S. States" State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

Research and teaching interests: State and Local Politics; Inequality; Political Behavior; Representation; Elections and Voting; Interest Groups; Parties and Partisanship; Quantitative and Experimental Methodology

Dissertation Title: "Union Decline and Its Consequences for Political Voice: A Look at the American States"

This dissertation examines the consequences of declining state level unionization to the political and economic voice of economically disadvantaged citizens. In three papers based on the theme of lessened voice, I argue that in states with stronger unionization there is greater individual participation, less economic inequality, and more government responsiveness.

Dissertation Committee: Gerald C. Wright (Chair), Christopher DeSante, Bernard L. Fraga, Marjorie R. Hershey, Joseph Varga (Labor Studies)

Matthew FowlerMatthew Fowler
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Research and teaching interests: Race, Ethnicity, and Politics; Public Opinion; Ideology, Partisanship, and Polarization; Southern Politics; Quantitative and Experimental Methodology

Dissertation Title: “White Group Consciousness and Dwindling Dominance: The Meaning of Linked Fate Among White Americans in a Changing Demographic Landscape”

Dissertation Committee: Edward Carmines (chair), Christopher DeSante, Matthew Hayes, Bernard Fraga, Stephen Benard (Sociology)

Mitchell KrummMitchell Krumm
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My book project “Secession: When Should Self-Determination Mean Breaking Apart?” is currently under review at a major university press.  I am now turning to consider the conflation of individuals and groups as “persons” in recent Supreme Court rulings and American Constitutional Law.  I am also working on a project that investigates the different group understandings used by the Federalists and Anti-Federalists when they cited Montesquieu.  

I have taught a wide range of courses in American Politics (Introduction to American Politics, The American Presidency, The U.S. Congress, Elections 2016, American Public Policy, Religion and Politics), Political Theory (American Political Ideologies, Modern Political Thought, Revolutions and Political Development), and Law (Introduction to Law and I am slated to teach American Constitutional Law).  My courses routinely receive outstanding evaluations form students and faculty. 

Matthew KuchemMatthew Kuchem
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Research Interests: Liberalism and its dilemmas, federalism and polycentrism, democratic theory, public discourse, American political thought, religion in the public square, representation, American political institutions.

My current research revolves around the nexus of liberalism, pluralism, and polycentric self-governance, especially in the U.S context. My dissertation is concerned with the tension between liberty and social-political cohesiveness. I posit that a properly configured polycentric political system with multiple centers of decision-making authority is ideally suited for a complex, pluralistic society because it effectively organizes overlapping communities in a way that responsibly maximizes self-governance.

Teaching Interests: Ancient and modern political thought, contemporary political theory, American political thought, religion and politics in the United States, American political institutions.

I have taught a variety of courses in political theory and American politics as the instructor of record. These courses include Modern Political Thought, Classical Political Thought, The American Presidency, The U.S. Congress, and Intro to American Politics

Dissertation Title: “Retrieving Liberalism: Complex Pluralism and the Architecture of Goods and Communities”

Dissertation Committee: Russell Hanson (chair), Aurelian Craiutu, William Scheuerman, and
Susan Williams (Law)

Katelyn StuafferKatelyn Stauffer
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Research & Teaching Interests: Women and Politics, Political Behavior, Representation, Public Opinion, Race and Ethnicity Politics, Electoral Politics, Quantitative and Experimental Methods.

Dissertation Title: "Assessing the Concept of Representation: Understanding How Descriptive Considerations Influence Citizen Evaluations of Representation."

Dissertation Description: This dissertation uses original survey and experimental data to examine how Americans use information about women's collective representation (even if incorrect) to evaluate the substantive, symbolic, and formalistic representation provided by political institutions.

Dissertation Committee: Gerald Wright (chair), Diana O'Brien, Edward Carmines, Bernard Fraga, Matthew Hayes (Rice University)