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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Robert M. Stein
Professor
Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science
 
e-mail:stein@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1972) Ohio Wesleyan University
  • M.A. (1974) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Ph.D. (1977) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 
Primary Department
   Department of Political Science
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Research Areas
 Intergovernmental relations, state and local government, public policy, Elections and voting behavior
 
Research Statement
 Professor Stein is an expert on urban politics and public policy. He is co-author of Perpetuating the Pork Barrel: Policy Subsystems and American Democracy (1995, Cambridge University Press), and author of Urban Alternatives: Public and Private Markets in the Provision of Local Services (1990, Pittsburgh Press). His work has also appeared in a wide range of scholarly journals. Dr. Stein’s current research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and examines the impact of the federal aid system on the electoral trajectories of office holders at both the subnational and congressional levels. Other research examines collective action among metropolitan area governments and electoral reform.
 
Teaching Areas
 Public Policy, Urban Politics, Political Behavior
 
Selected Publications
 Abstracts
 

Robert M. Stein and Greg Vonnahme "Engaging the unengaged voter: Voter centers and voter turnout." Journal of Politics, 82 (April 2008) : 487-497.

 
 

Robert M. Stein and Greg Vonnahme ""Engaging the unengaged voter: Vote Centers and voter turnout"." Journal of Politics, forthcoming 2008

 
 

Robert M. Stein and Greg Vonnahme ""Voting Technology, election administration and voter performance." Election Law Journal, forthcoming 2008

 
 Refereed articles
 

Robert M. Stein, Greg Vonnahme,Michael Byrne and Dan Wallach "Voting technology, election administration and voter performance." Election Law Journal, 7 (April 2008) : 123-135.

 
 

with Kenneth Bickers "Inter-Loal Cooperation and the Distribution of Federal Grant Awards." Journal of Politics, 66 (2004)

 
 

with Martin Johnson and Robert Wrinkle "Language Choice, Residential Stability, and Voting among Latino-Americans." Social Science Quarterly, 84 (2003) : 412-24.

 
 Articles
 

forthcoming, Political Communication

 
 

Natural Hazards Review, 13(1):1-12 (Spring 2012).

 
 

Baker Center Journal of Applied Public Policy 4(1):45-57. (Spring, 2012)

 
 

Election Law Journal, 11(4):291-301 (September 2012) 

 
 

Social Science Quarterly, 93(4):692-712. (September 2012)

 
 

forthcoming, Policy Studies Journal

 
 

“Performance assessment of topological diverse power systems subjected to hurricane events,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety. 95:323-336. April 2010, with James Winkler, Leonardo Duenas-Osorio, and Devika Subramanian.

 

 
 

“Who evacuates when hurricanes approach? The role of risk, information and location,” Social Science Quarterly. 91:816-834, September 2010.  With Leonardo Duenas-Osorio and Devika Subramanian

 
 

Kenneth Bickers, Lapo Salucci and Robert M. Stein "Assessing the Micro-Foundations of the Tiebout Model." Urban Affairs Review, forthcoming

 
 

Kevin Arceneaux and Robert M. Stein "Who is Held Responsible When Disaster Strikes? The Attribution of Responsibility for a Natural Disaster in an Urban Election." Journal of Urban Affairs, 28 (2006) : 43-54.

 
 

Robert M. Stein, Stacy Ulbig and Stephanie Post "Voting for Minority Candidates in Multi-Racial/Ethnic Communities." Urban Affairs Review, 41 (2005) : 157-181.

 
 

Robert Stein, Martin Johnson, Stephanie Post "Public Support for Term Limits: Another Look at Conventional Thinking." Legislative Studies Quarterly, 27 (2002) : 459-480..

 
 

Robert Stein, Martin Johnson, W. Phillips Shivley "Contextual Data and the Study of Elections and Voting Behavior: Connecting Individuals to Environments." Electoral Studies, 21 (2002) : 63-77.

 
 

Robert Stein, Stephanie Post , Allison Rinden "Reconciling Context and Contact Effects on Racial Attitudes." Political Research Quarterly, 53: 285-303.

 
 Book chapters
 

“Early, Absentee and Mail-in Voting,” in Handbook of Electoral Behavior, ed. Jan Leighley, Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 1982-1999, with Greg Vonnahme.

 
 The Electoral Connection: Political Careers and Institutional Entrepreneurs
 
 Assessing Alternative Methods of Voting
 
 

with Martin Johnson and W. Phillips Shivley "Contextual Data and the Sudy of Elections and Voting Behavior: Connecting Individuals to Environments." The Future of Electoral Studies (2003) : 63-77.

 
 

"Local Services, Provison and Production." Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy (2003) : 734-348.

 
 

"The Politics of Revenue and Spending Policies."  (2003) : 217-236.

 
 Other
 

Robert Stein, Kenneth Bickers "The Congressional Pork Barrel in a Republican Era,? Journal of Politics,." Journal of Politics, 62 (2000) : 1070-1086.

 
 

Robert Stein, Stephanie Post "State Economies, Regional Governance, and Urban-Suburban Economic Dependence." Urban Affairs Reviews, 36 (2000) : 46-60.

 
 

Martin Johnson, W. Phillips Shivley and Robert M. Stein "Contextual data and the study of elections and voting behavior: Connecting individuals to environments." Electoral Studies (forthcoming)

 
 

Robert M. Stein and Kenneth N. Bickers "The Congressional Pork Barrel in a Republican Era ." Journal of Politics, 62 (November 2000) : 1070-1086.

 
 

Robert M. Stein "Devolution and the Challenge for Local Governance." In Ronald E. Weber and Paul Brace, eds. Change and Continuity in American State and Local Politics, Catham, New Jersey. (1999) : 21-33.

 
 

Robert M. Stein and Stephanie Shirley Post "State Economies, Regional Governance, and Urban-Suburban Economic Dependence," Urban Affairs Review." Urban Affairs Review (Forthcoming)

 
 

Robert M. Stein, W. Philips Shively and Martin Johnson "Contextual data and the study of elections and voting behavior: Connecting individuals to environments.." Electoral Studies (forthcoming)

 
 

Robert Stein "Early Voting." Public Opinion Quarterly, 62 (1998) : 57-70.

 
 

Robert Stein and Kenneth Bickers "The Micro Foundations of the Tiebout Model." Urban Affairs Review, 34 (1998) : 76-93.

 
Presentations
 Conference Committee Member
 

"Voting place and its impact on voter participation." 2008 Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, Ill. (April 12-15, 2008) With Greg Vonnahme

 
 

""A review of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines Recommendations to the Election Assistance Commission"." Brookings/AEI Election Reform Project, Washington, D.C.. (December 14, 2007)

 
 

""An assessment of election day vote centers"." Colorado State Clerks Annual Meeting, Pueblo, Colorado. (January 16-17, 2008)

 
 

"Polling Place Design and Location"." Democracy Indeix Conference, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio. (September 28-29, 2007) With With Greg Vonnahme

 
 Invited Papers
 

Measure of Elections Conference, June 18-19, 2012, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA 

 
 

"Early voting in 2008: An examination of old and new questions,” Prepared for Voting in American-The Road Ahead." Making Voting work, A project of the Pew Center on the States in collaboration with JEHT Foundation, at Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, Wasington, D.C.. (December 8-10, 2008)

 
 

"Perceived and objective risk discrepancies among shadow evacuators." Texas Hurricane Conference,, Galveston, Texas. (May 21, 2008) With Leonardo Duenas-Osorio and Devika Subramanian

 
 

"Election Day Vote Centers and Targeted Voter Turnout." American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C.. (November 27-29, 2006) With Robert M. Stein and Greg Vonnahme

 
 

"Election Day Vote Centers and Voter Turnout." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill. (April 22-24, 2006) With Robert M. Stein and Greg Vonnahme

 
 

"The Political Market for Intergovernmental Coooperation." American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C.. (September 2006) With Kenneth Bickers, Robert M. Stein, Stephanie Post

 
 

"The Role of Candidates and Paties in Linking Electoral Reforms with Voter Participation." 2003 Midwest Political Science Associations, Chicago, Illinois. (April 21-23, 2003) With with Jan Leighley and Christopher Owwnes

 
 

"Voting for Minority Candidates in Multi Racial/Ethnic Communities." 2003 Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. (April 21-23, 2003) With Stacy Ulbig and Stephanie Post

 
 

"Inter-local cooperation and the distribution of federal grant awards." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill.. (April 17-19, 2002) With Kenneth Bickers

 
 

"The within congressional district electoral connection." American Political Science Association, Boston, MA. (September 1-2, 2002) With Kenneth Bickers and Richard Engstrom

 
 Invited Talks
 

"Polling Place Design and Location." Democracy Indeix Conference, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio. (September 28-29, 2007) With Greg Vonnahme

 
 

"Voter experience with alternative voting systems in the 2008 Colorado Presidential Election." Testimony prepared for the Colorado Election Reform Commission, Denver, Colorado. (December 16, 2008)

 
 

"Voting technology, election administration and voter performance." Testimony prepared for the Texas House Committee on Elections, Austin, Texas. (June 25, 2008)

 
 

"Collaborative Research on Electoral Reform." Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.. (November 28, 2006) With Robert M. Stein and Scott Doyle

 
 Other
 

"Accessibility and Contextual Explanations of White Racial Attitudes." 2000 Meetings of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C. (September 1-4) With W.Philps Shivley, Martin Johnson and Robert M. Stein

 
 

"Public Support for Term Limits: Another Look at Conventional Thinking." Southwest Political Science Association, Galveston, Texas. (March 16-18, 2000) With Stephanie Shirley Post and Martin Johnson

 
 

"Suburban-Urban Economic Disparity and Regional Economic Growth ." 2000 Annuual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illiniois. (April 27-30) With Stephanie Shirley Post

 
 

"The Changing Structure of Federal Aid and the Politics of the Electoral Connection Coalitions." 2000 Meetings of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C.. (September 1-4) With Kenneth N. Bickers

 
 

"Information, Persuasion and Orphaned Voters." Presented at the 1999 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. (September, 1999) With Martin Johnson

 
 

"The Congressional Pork Barrel in a Republican Era." Presented at the 1999 Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. (April, 1999) With Kenneth Bickers

 
 

"The Federal Pork Barrel and the Formation of Intergovernmental Grant-Seeking Coalitions." Presented at the 1999 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. (September, 1999) With Kenneth Bickers

 
 

"The Local Public Goods Market: A Definition, Measure, and Test." American Political Science Association, Boston, MA. (September 3-6, 1998) With Stephanie Shirley Post

 
Editorial Positions
 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. (2012 - 2012)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. (2010 - 2010)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Political Science Review. (2006 - 2006)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Political Science Review. (2003 - 2003)

 Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. Sage. (2000 - 2000)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. (2003 - 2003)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. (2006 - 2006)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Johanna Dunaway, Ph.D. What Makes the News. (2006) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Greg Vonnahme, Ph.D. Helping America Vote? The Institutional Design of Elections and Recent Reforms. (2008) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Greg Vonnahme, Ph.D. Helping America Vote? The Institutional Design of Elections and Recent Reforms. (2008) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 President, Urban Politics Section, American Political Science Association (2000)