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Keith E. Hamm
Professor
Professor of Political Science
 
e-mail:hamm@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1969) Franklin and Marshall College
  • M.A. (1973) Florida Atlantic University
  • Ph.D. (1977) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 
Primary Department
   Department of Political Science
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Political Science
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    Research Areas
     Legislative behavior, campaign finance, interest groups, state politics, urban politics
     
    Research Interests 25-JAN-2018
     

    Current Research Projects


    (1) Book project: Paths, Events and Strategic Choices: The Evolution of American State Constitutions.


     As far as we know, beyond a series of papers we have written, there have been very few systematic attempts to study the content of state constitutions in a comparative, empirical context. The studies that have been conducted focused largely on generalization and description, not on the explanation for their evolution. In this book, we are analyzing state constitutions in order to better describe and understand how these documents have evolved over time. We have chosen to focus on the development of constitutions for the time period of 1776-2015.  We are collecting and processing each constitution and all constitutional amendments for all 50 states as well as the U.S. Constitution..  


     This task would be almost impossible if we did not have the power of machine reading. Using R, a software environment for statistical computing, we transformed the text files of these constitutions into a section-level dataset where each unit is a section within a constitution. A dataset was created for every year since the adoption of the first constitution of the state up until 2015. The datasets include the topic and full text of each section. This data structure allows us to make section level comparisons of a constitution in a given point in time, to that same constitution at a later or previous point in time, as well as to empirically track the evolution of each state’s constitutional document(s).


     In particular, my co-authors, Ronald D Hedlund and Nanacy Martorano Miller, and I contend that the evolution and development of American state legislatures, as well as their various components, is path-dependent in nature, and that the institutions and norms that guide the legislative process in the states today is highly contingent upon past historical events and the choices made by past legislators and citizens in reaction to relevant events.  Specifically, in this book we will introduce a theory of development that fuses path dependency theory, organizational theory and rational choice theory.  Thus, we contend that the choices made concerning institutional design in American state legislatures have been driven by events both exogenous and endogenous to the bodies as well as by the behavior and reactions of the individuals within those bodies.  Further, we also contend that future choices concerning institutional design will be constrained by these past choices.


    The proposed project will take a few years to complete, even under the best of circumstances.  We are in the process of drafting several papers that will be sent out for review within the next 3-6 months.


     

     
    Research Interests 25-JAN-2018
     

    The Impact of Citizens United


                  Independent expenditures (IEs) in federal elections have skyrocketed since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. We have undertaken a series of studies to evaluate the impact of that decision on IE spending at the state level. 


                  In a previous study (covering 2006-2010), most of the co-authors of this paper used NIMSP’s data to test what were then the most prevalent expectations about IEs. They were:


    1.      That IEs would continue to grow in state elections as a direct result of the Citizens United and Speechnow.org decisions; and


    2.       That the growth would come primarily from corporations and labor unions, which were the organizations most directly affected by the decisions.


    The article found, contrary to these expectations that:


    1.      Though spending did increase in state elections between 2006 and 2010, the increase was not greater in the states whose now unconstitutional laws had previously limited corporate spending than in states that allowed corporations to spend before then.


    2.      Where there were increases, they did not result primarily from for-profit corporations or labor unions. Rather, the most noticeable growth at the time came from (a) national, party-affiliated organizations operating across state lines (e.g., Democratic Governors’ Association, Republican Governors’ Association), (b) state based party-affiliated organizations, and (c) party-allied coalitional organizations (Hamm et al. 2014).


    In a second paper we evaluated independent spending in gubernatorial and state legislative elections from 2006-2014. We found that independent spending has continued to grow in state elections, but that the sectors accounting for significant portions of the IEs have changed. Our previous research found that party, party-affiliated 527s, and party-allied organizations were the largest independent spenders in 2010 and 2012 state elections (Hamm et al. 2014). But this updated analysis finds that the spending of these organizations has lagged in the 2014 and 2016 elections. However, the groups remained important not only through IEs but through their contributions to state party committees, candidates, and state-based IE PACs in competitive elections (Malbin et al 2017).


    Our current research focuses on the role of a variety of groups in terms of IE spending during the period 2006-2016. We will be presenting two professional papers in 2018:


    “Independent Spending in State Elections by Business and Labor Organizations. With Jaclyn Kettler, Michael J. Malbin, Brendan Glavin, and Charles Hunt.. Paper proposed for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, M,August 31-September 3, 2018 (Status: Submitted. Verbal preliminary approval.)


     “Independent Spending in State Elections by Issue and Ideological Groups.” With Jaclyn Kettler, Michael J. Malbin, Brendan Glavin, and Charles Hunt.. Paper accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 5- 8, 2018.


    I have also be asked to particpate in a research and teaching workshop offered by APSA in September: 


    “Using Data from the Center for Responsive Politics (www.opensecrets.org), National Institute on Money in State Politics (www.followthemoney.org) and the Campaign Finance Institute (www.CFInst.org) in Research Designs and Lesson Plans.” With Sheila Krumholz,  Edwin Bender, Michael J. Malbin, Paul Herrnson, and Jacilyn Kettler.




     



     
    Teaching Areas
     American politics, legislative behavior, interest groups, state politics, urban politics
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Keith E. Hamm, Michael J. Malbin, Jaclyn Kettler and Brendan Glavin ""The Impact of Citizens United in the States: Independent Spending in State Elections, 2006-2010." ." The Forum, 12(2): 305-328.

     
     

    Keith E Hamm, Ronald D. Hedlund and Stephanie Shirley Post. 2011. " Committee Specialization in State Legislatures During the Twentieth Century: Do Legislatures Tap the Talents of Their Members?   State Politics and Policy Quarterly  11:299-325.

     
     

    Keith E Hamm, Ronald D. Hedlund and Stephanie Shirley Post. 2011. " Committee Specialization in State Legislatures During the Twentieth Century: Do Legislatures Tap the Talents of Their Members?   State Politics and Policy Quarterly  11:299-325.

     
     

    Ronald D. Hedlund, Nancy Martorano, Kevin Cooms and Keith E. Hamm "Partisan Stacking on Legislative Committees." Legislative Studies Quarterly, XXXIV (2009) : 175-191.

     
     

    Keith E. Hamm and Robert E. Hogan "Campaign Finance Laws and Candidacy Decisions in State Legislative Elections." Political Research Quarterly, 61 (2008) : 458-467.

     
     

    Nancy Martorano, Keith E. Hamm and Ronald D. Hedlund "Parallel Jurisdictions, Oversight Capability and Administrative Review: U.S. State Legislative Committees and Administrative Agencies." American Politics ResearchSubmitted

     
     

    Keith E. Hamm, Roandl D. Hedlund and Stephanie Shirley Post. 2011. "Committee Specialization  in State Legislatures During the Twentieth Century: Do Legislatures Tap the Talents  of Their Members?" State Politics and Policy Quarterly 11:299-325.

     
     

    Hamm, Keith, Ronald D. Hedlund and Nancy Martorano. "State Legislative Committee Operations During the 20th Century: Changes and Chamber Differences." In Revision

     
     

    Squire, Peverill, Keith E. Hamm, Ronald D. Hedlund, and Gary Moncrief. "Electoral Reforms, Membership Stability, and the Existence of Committee Property Rights in American State Legislatures." British Journal of Political Science (2005) In Press

     
     

    Hamm, K. , Hedlund, R.D. , and Post, S. ""Committee Specialization in State Legislatures During the Twentieth Century: Do Legislatures Tap the Talents of Their Members?." Submitted

     
     

    Keith E. Hamm, Ronald D. Hedlund and Nancy Martorano "Structuring Committee Decison-Making: Rules and Procedures in US State Legislatures." The Journal of Legislative Studies, 7 (Summer 2001) : 13-34.

     
     Articles
     

    Nancy Martorano Miller Keith E. Hamm and Ronald D. Hedlund "“Constrained Behavior: Understanding the Entrenchment of Legislative Procedure in American State Constitutional Law.” 78: 1459-1484.." Albany Law Review , 78 (2015) : 1459.

     
     

    Keith E. Hamm, Ronald D. Hedlund and Nancy Martorano "Measuring State Legislative Committee Power: Change and Chamber Differences in the 20th Century." State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 6: 88-111.

     
     Books
     

    Peverill Squire and Keith E. Hamm "101 Chambers: Congress, State Legislatures, and the Future of Legislative Studies."  (2005)

     
     

    Squire, P. and Hamm, K. "A Comparative Examination of American Legislatures." Submitted

     
     Book chapters
     

    Keith E. Hamm and Nancy Miller "Legislative Politics." Politics in the American States Tenth EditionIn Press

     
     

    KEITH E. Hamm, Rondlad D. Hedlund and Nancy Martorano Miller. ""State Legislatures"." Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government (2014) : 293-318.

     
     

    Keith E. Hamm and Gary F. Moncrief. “Legislative Politics in the States,” in Politics in the American States, Tenth Edition, edited by Virginia Gray, Russell Hanson and Thad Kouser. (CQ Press. 2012). 

     
     

    "State Legislatures" in Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government  (Oxford Press, forthcoming).  Edited by Donald Haider Markel. With Rondlad D. Hedlund and Nancy Martorano Miller.

     

     
     

    Hamm, Keith E. and Robert E. Hogan. "Legislative Lobbying: Placing Research on Legislative Lobbying in a Comparative Context." Research Guide to U.S. and International Interest Groups (2004) : 167-175.

     
     

    Hamm, K. and Moncrief, G. "Legislative Politics in the States." Politics in he American States: A Comparative Analysis, Eighth Edition (2004) : 157-193.

     
     Other
     

    Keith Hamm and Roberrt Hogan "Legislative Lobbying." Handbook of Political Literature and Research on Interest Groups (Forthcoming)

     
     

    Nancy Martorano, R. Bruce Anderson, and Keith Hamm "A Transforming South: Exploring Patterns of State House Seat Contestation." The American Review of Politics, 21 (2000 Spring) : 201-224.

     
     

    Keith E. Hamm and Gary Moncrief "Legislative Politics in the States." Politics in the American States (1999) : 144-190.

     
     

    Joel Thompson, Gary Moncrief, and Keith E. Hamm "Gender and Campaign Attributes, and Campaign Contributions." Campaign Finance in State Legislative Elections (1998)

     
     

    Robert Hogan and Keith E. Hamm "Variations in District-Level Campaign Spending in State Legislatures." Campaign Finance in State Legislative Elections (1998)

     
    Presentations
     Conference Committee Member
     

    co-author.  "Appointing Legislative Committees: The Effects of Party, Institution and Committee Jurisdiction." Northeastern Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA. (November 15-18, 2007) With R.D. Hedlund, Kevin Coombs, and Nancy Martorano

     
     

    co-author.  "Candidate Perception of Campaign Financing in State Legislative Elections: Preliminary Observations." American Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. (August 30-September 2, 2007) With Robert E. Hogan

     
     

    co-author.  "Parallel Jurisdictions, Oversight Capability and Administrative Review: U.S. State Legislative Committees and Administrative Agencies." IPSA Research Committee of Legislative Specialists, SUNY-Albany, NY. (August 24-26, 2007) With Ronald D. Hedlund and Nancy Martorano

     
     

    co-author.  "The Effects of Campaign Laws on Interest Group Contribution Strategies in State ELections." Annual COnference on State Politics and Policy, Austin, TX. (February 23-24, 2007) With R. Hogan and R. Wrzenski

     
     

    Co-author.  "Comparative Analysis of Regulatory Regimes in the Canadian Provinces." Conference on Party and Election Finance. Sponsored by the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (May 25-26, 2006) With K. Hebda

     
     

    Co-author.  "Factors Affecting Interest Group Contributions to Candidates in State Legislative Elections." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. With R. Hogan and R. Wrzenski

     
     

    Co-author.  "Legislative Committee Jurisdiction and Administration Oversight: Patterns in the American States." American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA. (Septbember 1-4, 2006) With N. Martorano and R.D. Hedlund

     
     

    Co-author.  "Legislative Professionalization and Committee Systems: Institutional Versus Individual-Level Impact." International Political Science Association World Congress, Fukuoka, Japan. (July 9-13, 2006) With R. Hedlund

     
     

    Co-author.  "Party Balance on U.S.State Legislative Committees: An Examination of Trends in the Early 21st Century--Continuity or Change?." Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, MA. (November 9-11, 2006) With R.D. Hedlund, K. Coombs, and N. Martorano

     
     

    Co-author.  "The Impact of Legislative Professionalization: A Review of the Literature Focusing on the U.S. States." Political Center or Periphery: Legislatures and Parliaments in the 21st Century. Sponsored by the Taiwanese Political Science Association, Taipei, Taiwan. (July 7-8, 2006) With D. Goodman

     
     

    Co-author.  "Campaign Finance Laws and Candidacy Decisions in State Legislative Elections." American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C.. (September 1 to 4, 2005) With Robert E. Hogan

     
     Conference Paper
     

    Co-author.  ""Why Study State Constitutions?"." American Political Science Association, SAn Francisco, CA . (August 31-Sept 3) With Nancy Martorano, Maria Arcora, and Ronald D. Hedlund

     
     

    Co-author.  "“Independent  Spending in State Elections after Citizens United.”." American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA . (August 31-Sept 3)

     
     

    "Sticky Legacies: Persistence of State Constitutional Provisions." With Nancy Martorano Miller. Paper prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September 1-5, 2016.  With Maria Arcora, Ronald D. Hedlund .

     
     

    Co-author.  ""The Evolution of Constitutional Restrictiveness in State Legislatures"

     ." Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, , San Francisco, CA. (September 3-5, 2015) With Nancy Martorano Miller and Ronald D. Hedlund

     
     

    Co-author.  ""Working in a Cage: The Evolution of Constitutional Restrictiveness in U.S. State Legislatures"." 15th Annual State Politics and Policy Conference, Indiana University. (May 2015) With Ronald D. Hedlund and Nancy Martorano Miller

     
     Invited Papers
     

    "The Impact of Citizens United in the States: State Independent Spending, 2006-2010." Prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in New Orleans, Louisiana.  August 30-September 2, 2012. With Michael J. Malbin, Jaci Kettler and Brendan Glavin.

     

     
     

    "Limiting the Evolutionary Path: Explaining Constitutional and Statutory Entrenchment in State Legislatures." Prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Seattle, Washington.  September 1-4, 2011. With Nancy Martorano Miller and Ronald D. Hedlund.

     

     
     

    "The Evolving Role of Party Committees in State Legislative Campaigns during the 21st Century: A Preliminary Assessment." Paper prepared for delivery at the 2011 State Politics and Policy Conference, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 3-4, 2011.  With Jaci Kettler.

     
     

    "Ties that Bind: Measuring Constitutional and Statutory Entrenchment in State Legislatures."  Paper prepared for delivery at the 2011 State Politics and Policy Conference, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 3-4, 2011. With Nancy Martorano Miller and Ronald D. Hedlund.

     
     

    "Political Party Contribution Strategies in the 2003 Ontario General Election." Prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Seattle, Washington.  September 1-4, 2011. With Jaci Kettler.

     
     

    “State Legislative Evolution: Path Dependency, Organization Theory and Bounded Rational Choice.” Prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the State Politics and Policy Conference in Springfield, Illinois. June 3-5, 2010. With Nancy Martorano Miller and Ronald D. Hedlund.

     
     

    “Paths, Events and Strategic Choices: The Evolution of American State Legislatures” Prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Toronto, Canada.  September 3-6, 2009. With Nancy Martorano Miller and Ronald D. Hedlund.

     

     
     

    Institutionalization: New Concepts and New Methods.” Prepared for presentation at the 21st InternationalPolitical Science Association World Congress (Research Committee of Legislative Specialists),Santiago, Chile, July 12-16, 2009. With Randolph Stevenson, Andrew Spiegelman, Ronald D. Hedlund.

     

     
     

    Presented summary of 10 year data collection project.  "Data Collection Projects to Study Committees in State Legislatures." State Politics and Policy Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (May 30, 2008) With Ronald D. Hedlund and Nancy Martorano

     
     

    Presenter.  "Did They Ever Return? The Development of Committee Property Rights in State Legislatures." State Politics and Policy Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (May 30, 2008) With Ronald D. Hedlund and Greg Vonnahme

     
     

    Presenter.  "Did They Ever Return? The Development of Committee Property Rights in State Legislatures." American Political Science Association, Boston, Massachusetts. (August 27-30, 2008) With Ronald D. Hedlund and Greg Vonnahme

     
     

    Primary presenter.  "Contrasts in Contesting: How Campaign Election Laws Affect Candidacy Decisions in State Legislative Elections." Western Political Science Association, Portland, Oregon. (March 11-13, 2004) With Robert Hogan

     
     

    Primary presenter.  "The Evolution of Committee Specialization in U.S. State Legislatures: The Impact of Professionalization." International Political Science Association Research Committee of Legislative Specialists Conference on Sub-State/Sub-National Legislatures: Representation, Policy-Making and Governance, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. (October 21-23, 2004) With Ronald D. Hedlund

     
     

    Primary presenter.  "The Evolution of Election Finance Laws in the U.S. States and Canadian Provinces: Convergent or Divergent Patterns?." International Political Science Association Research Committee of Legislative Specialists Conference on Sub-State/Sub-National Legislatures: Representation, Policy-Making and Governance, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. (October 21-23, 2004) With Robert Hogan

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "The Role of Money in the 2016 primary and General Election." Rice University Continuing Education Series, (September 29, 2016)

     
     

    "A Summary of the National Institute on Money in State Politics’ Past Activity and Proposals for Future Work on Independent Expenditures in the States.” Presented at annual meeting of  the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Flathead Lake, Montana. June 10-14.2010.  

     
     

    Presented powerpoint lecture.  "Campaign Finance Presentation." Baker Institute Student Forum and Democracy Matters, Baker Instittue- Rice University. (April 7, 2008)

     
     

    Presenter.  "Comments on Campaign Finance in the States." The National Institute on Money in State Politics, Kalispell, Montana. (May 18-20, 2008)

     
     

    author.  "Did They Ever Return? The Development of a Committee Property Rights Norm in State Legislatures During the Twentieth Century." Department of Political Science, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. (April 16-20, 2007) With R. D. Hedlund

     
     

    author.  "State Contribution Records and Academic Research." The Institute on Money in State Politics, Bigfork, Montana. (May 30-Jun2, 2007)

     
     Other
     

    co-author.  "Committee Specialization in State Legislatures During the Twentieth Century: Do Legislators Tap the Talents of Their Members?"." Southern Political Science Association, Savannah, GA. (November 2002) With Ronald D. Hedlund and Stephanie Post

     
     

    "A 'Tools of the Trade' Look at Comparing Congresss with State Legislatures." American Political Science Association meeting, San Francisco, California. (August 29 to September 2, 2001) With Peverill Squire

     
     

    "Comparative Legislative Research: An Observer's Perspective." Conference on the Comparative Study of Deputy 'Hill Style' in Latin American Legislatures, Texas A&M University. (Februrary 23,2001)

     
     

    "The Effects of Campaign Finance Laws on State Legislative Elections." State Politics and Policy Conference, Texas A&M University. (March 2-3, 2001) With Robert E. Hogan

     
     

    "A Transforming South: Exploring Patterns of State House Seat Contestation." Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics, Charleston, S.C.. (March 2000) With Nancy Martorano, R. Bruce Anderson

     
     

    "Accounting for Restructuring of State Legislative Committee Systems: The Impact of Executive Branch Reorganizations." American Political Science Association meeting, Washington, D.C.. (September, 2000) With Ronald D. Hedlund, Laura L. Delgado

     
     

    "Examining Committee Structures, Procedures, and Powers in U.S. State Legislatures." Midwest Political Science Association meeting, Chicago, IL. (April, 2000) With Nancy Martorano, Ronald D. Hedlund

     
     

    "The Theoretical and Empirical Limits of House-Centric Models of Legislative Behavior." American Political Science Association meeting, Washington, D.C.. (September, 2000) With Peverill Squire, Ronald D. Hedlund, Gary Moncrief

     
     

    "Do Specialists Control the Committee Agenda? Evidence from State Legislative Committees Throughout the Twentieth Century." Western Political Science Association, Seattle, Washington. (March 1999) With Ronald D. Hedlund, Eileen M. Dougherty and Laura L. Delgado

     
     

    "State Legislative Seat Contestation in the South: Is an Open Seat All It Takes?." Southern Political Science Association, Savannah, Georgia. (November 1999) With Nancy Martorano and R. Bruce Anderson

     
     

    "The Evolution of Committee Structure, Powers and Procedures in Twentieth Century State Legislatures." American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. (September 1999) With Ronald D. Hedlund and Nancy Martorano

     
     

    "The Impact of Campaign Finance Systems on the Pool of Legislative Candidates." Southwestern Political Science Association, San Antonio, Texas. (April 1999) With Leah Barnett

     
     Panelist
     

    "Public Finance, Small Donors and Political Parties: The States as Laboratories for Campaign Finance Research." American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA. (September 1-4, 2006)

     
     

    Presenter.  "Roundtable on Perspectives from the Academic Community." Institute on Money in State Politics, Emigrant, Montana. (May 31-June 4, 2006)

     
     

    Co-author.  "The Impact of Campaign Finance Laws." Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, Vancouver, Canada. (October 17-18, 2003) With Robert Hogan, LSU

     
     

    Co-author.  "The Impact of Campaign Finance Laws: First Order Effects." American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA. (August 28-31, 2003) With Robert Hogan, LSU

     
    Editorial Positions
     Member of the Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly. Comparative Legislative Research Center, The University of Iowa. (2010 - 2010)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly. Department of Political Science at Washington University. (1990 - 2017)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly. (2011 - 2011)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly. (2012 - 2012)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly. Comparative Legislative Research Center at the University of Iowa. (1990 - 2016)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly. Comparative Legislative Research Center at the University of Iowa. (2015 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly. (2016 - 2016)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly. (2004 - 2004)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly. (2003 - 2003)

     Co-Editor, Legislative Studies Quarterly. University of Iowa. (2001 - 2001)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly. University of Iowa. (2008 - 2008)

     Co-Editor, Legislative Studies Quarterly. University of Iowa. (2000 - 2000)

     Co-Editor, Legislative Studies Quarterly. Comparative Legislative Research Center, U of Iowa. (1999 - 1999)

     Other, State Politics and Policy. University of Illinois. (2001 - 2001)

     Member of the Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. (2003 - 2003)

     Editorial Board, Journal of Politics. Blackwell Publishers. (2000 - 2000)

     Editorial Board, Journal of Politics. University of Texas Press. (1999 - 1999)

     Editorial Board Member, State Politics and Policy. University of Illinois. (2000 - 2000)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Nancy Martorano, Ph..D. Theories of Legislative Organization and the Development of U.S. State Legislative Committee Systems. (2002) (Thesis Director)

     Kellie Butler, Ph.D. Agenda Setting in the States: An Institutional Analysis. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Laura Delgado, Ph. D. Executive Reorganizations and the Structure of U.S. State Legislative Committee Systems. (2004) (Thesis Director)

     Kellie Butler, Ph.D. Agenda Setting in the States: An Institutional Analysis. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Laura Delgado, Ph. D. Executive Reorganizations and the Structure of U.S. State Legislative Committee Systems. (2004) (Thesis Director)

     Jaclyn J Kettler, Ph.D. The Right to Party (Resources): Political Party Networks and Candidate Success. (2015) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Fulbright Chair in North American Studies, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), Council on International Exchange of Scholars (January to May 2006)

     Research Chair in North American Studies at Carleton University in Canada, Fulbright Foundaton (January to May 2006)

     Best Paper Award in State Politics at 2001 American Political Association meeting for a co-authored paper entitled "A Tools of the Trade Look at Comparing Congress with State Legislatures", State Politics and Policy Section of American Political Science Association (8/31/2002)

     Editorial Policies Committee Member, Southwestern Social Science Association (2001)

     Executive Board Member, Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association

     Editorial Policies Committee Member, Southwestern Social Science Association

    Positions Held
     Member- Board of Directors, National Institute on Money in State Politcs. (2006 - 2006)

     Member- Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly. (2007 - 2007)

     Member, Institute on Money in State Politics Board of Directors. (2007 - 2007)

     Academic Advisor, Campaign Finance Institute. (2006 - 2006)

     Member, Campaign Finance Institute Academic Advisory Board. (2007 - 2007)