Colin Fisk is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate. In 2015, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of La Verne in Southern California, where he majored in political science and minored in philosophy.
His research focuses on American politics, elections, voting behavior, and public opinion. Some of his work concerns effects of the top-two primary system implemented in California and Washington. He finds that voters are more likely to undervote if they are unable to vote for a candidate from their party, but all voters, specifically orphaned voters are more likely to vote for a candidate when they perceive greater ideological proximity. His dissertation proposes mechanisms by which electoral environments effect the role of ideology and party identification in voter preferences and behavior.