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Melissa Marschall
Professor
Professor in Political Science
 
e-mail:marschal@rice.edu
 
  • BA International Affairs and German (1990) The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • MA International Relations and Political Science (1993) Bo¿azi¿i University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ph.D. Political Science (1998) State University of New York-Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
 
Primary Department
   Department of Political Science
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Websites
 Melissa J. Marschall's website
 
Research Areas
 Urban politics, public policy, political behavior, education policy, representation, racial and ethnic politics, Turkish politics.
 
Research Progress & Agenda
 My research focuses on the inter-connections among institutional arrangements, individual behavior, and policy outcomes. My areas of expertise include urban politics, public policy (particularly urban development, education, and intergovernmental relations), and participation (with a focus on local involvement and minority politics). My work examines the reciprocal effects among public policies, urban institutions, participatory behaviors, and social and political organization. I am recognized as an expert on education politics and reform and urban service delivery (how/why local governments provide public benefits and services), and hope that my more recent work will establish me as an important researcher on issues of urban/local participation, an area largely neglected by those studying political behavior, and minority incorporation in local politics.
Since 1997 I have published (either singly or collaboratively) a Princeton University Press book, which won the Aaron Wildavsky Award for best book in 2001-02, 8 refereed articles, and 7 non-refereed pieces. I have a forthcoming article at Political Research Quarterly, another piece under R&R at Political Behavior and a third piece under review at Public Choice. In addition, I have three articles that are currently in preparation for submission. I have successfully competed for research funding in the amount of approximately $53,000. Finally, I have presented papers at 4 foundation-sponsored workshops, more than a dozen conferences and have served 8 times as a panel discussant or roundtable participant. In sum, in the last 5 years I have been a very productive scholar; my work has appeared in highly visible outlets and I have regularly presented my work at prominent conferences and workshops.
Between 1994-2000, I was heavily involved in a collaborative research project investigating the effects of school choice arrangements on parents¿ incentives, information and behavior. In addition to this project, over the past several years I have worked on publishing articles from my dissertation. Indeed, four of my single-authored articles (2 published, 1 forthcoming, 1 under revision) stem from my dissertation and deal with the place of schools in urban communities, patterns of local participatory behavior, and other related questions. This research also builds and seeks to improve upon a small body of political science research that examines the ways in which context (the broader milieu in which individuals reside) shapes citizen participation and attitudes. In my work I have incorporated more appropriate methods to measure and test for the effects context while also developing a more compelling theoretical framework for how and why context should matter for individual-level behaviors and orientations. I believe my work stands to make an important contribution to this area of inquiry.
With funding from several small seed-grants, I have nearly completed a large-scale data collection effort on a new project investigating minority incorporation in local politics. Three manuscripts (coauthored with Anirudh Ruhil-UIC) are currently in progress and several others will follow. This new project will allow me build on my existing research while at the same time continuing to investigate questions that examine the inter-connections among institutional arrangements, individual behavior, and policy outcomes.
 
Teaching Areas
 Urban politics, public policy, education policy, research methods, Turkish politics
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

Melissa Marschall, Abdullah Aydogan, Alper Bulut "Does Housing Create Votes? Explaining the Electoral Success of the AKP in Turkey." Electoral Studies (2016) In Press

 
 

Marschall, Melissa and Amanda Rutherford. 2015. “Voting Rights for Whom?: Examining the Effects of the Voting Rights Act on Latino Political Incorporation.” American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming


 
 

Marschall, Melissa, Elizabeth Rigby and Jasmine Jenkins. 2011. “Do State Policies Constrain Local Actors? The Impact of English Only Laws on Language Instruction in Public Schools,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 41(4): 586-609. 

 
 

Marschall, Melissa, Paru Shah and Anirudh Ruhil. 2010. “The New Racial Calculus: Electoral Institutions and Black Representation in Local Legislatures.” American Journal of Political Science 54 (1): 107-24. 

 
 

Marschall, Melissa, Paru Shah and Katharine Donato. 2012. “Parent Involvement Policy in Established and New Immigrant Destinations.” Social Science Quarterly 93 (1): 130-51. 

 
 

Schneider, Mark, Melissa Marschall, Paul Teske and Christine Roch. 1999.“Heuristics, Low Information Rationality, and Choosing Public Goods: Are Broken Windows Shortcuts to Information About School Performance?” Urban Affairs Review, 34 (May): 729-741. 

 
 

Shah, Paru, Anirudh Ruhil and Melissa Marschall 2013. “Are We There Yet? The Voting Rights Act and Black Representation on City Councils, 1981-2006 Journal of Politics 75 (4): 

 
 

Shah, Paru, Melissa Marschall, and Anirudh Ruhil. 2013. “Are We There Yet? The Voting Rights Act and Black Representation on City Councils, 1981-2006.” Journal of Politics 75 (4): 998-1003.

 
 Marschall, Melissa Parent Involvement and Educational Outcomes for Latino Students Review of Policy Research 23 (5):1053-76
 
 Marschall Melissa and Anirudh Ruhil Substantive Symbols: The Attitudinal Dimension of Black Political Incorporation in Local Government American Journal of Political Science 51 (1):
 
 Marschall Melissa and Anirudh Ruhil The Pomp of Power: Black Mayoralties in Urban America Social Science Quarterly 87 (4): 828-50
 
 

Melissa Marschall and Paru Shah "The Attitudinal Effects of Minority Incorporation: Examining the Racial Dimensions of Trust in Urban America ." Urban Affairs Review (2007) In Press

 
 

Melissa Marschall and Paru Shah "The Attitudinal Effects of Minority Incorporation: Examining the Racial Dimensions of Trust in Urban America ." Urban Affairs Review (2007) In Press

 
 

Marschall, Melissa. 2001. “Does the Shoe Fit? Testing Models of Participation for African-American and Latino Involvement in Local Politics.” Urban Affairs Review 37 (November): 227-248

 
 

Marschall, Melissa. 2000.“The Role of Information and Institutional Arrangements in Stemming the Stratifying Effects of Schools Choice.” Journal of Urban Affairs 22 (3): 333-350. 

 
 

Schneider, Mark, Melissa Marschall, Paul Teske and Christine Roch. 1998. “School Choice and Culture Wars in the Classroom: Differences in the Values Parents Seek in Education.” Social Science Quarterly 79 (September): 489-502. 

 
 

Schneider, Mark, Paul Teske, Melissa Marschall, and Christine Roch. 1998. “Shopping for Schools: In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Parent May Be Enough.” American Journal of Political Science 42 (July): 769-793. 

 
 

Schneider, Mark, Paul Teske, Christine Roch, and Melissa Marschall. 1997.“Networks to Nowhere: Segregation and Stratification in Networks of Information about Schools.” American Journal of Political Science, 41 (October): 1201-1223.

 
 

Schneider, Mark, Paul Teske, Melissa Marschall, Michael Mintrom, and Christine Roch. 1997. “Institutional Arrangements and the Creation of Social Capital: The Effects of Public School Choice.” American Political Science Review, 91 (March): 82-93. 

 
 Articles
 

Melissa Marschall and Abdullah Aydogan "Mega Projects and the Limits of Urban Planning in Megacities: The Case of Istanbul in the AKP Era." Middle East Institute (2015)

 
 

Marschall, Melissa, Paru Shah, and Anirudh Ruhil. 2011. “The Study of Local Elections: A Looking Glass into the Future” Symposium (essay and editors) PS: Political Science and Politics 44 (1): 97-100. 

 
 Marschall, Melissa J. and Anirudh V.S. Ruhil 2005 Fiscal Effects of the Voter Initiative Reconsidered: Addressing Endogeneity State Politics and Policy Quarterly 5 (4): 327-55
 
 Marschall, Melissa J. and Anirudh V.S. Ruhil Of Models and Methods: A Response to Matsusaka State Politics and Policy Quarterly 5 (4): 364-72.
 
 

Melissa Marschall and Anirudh Ruhil "Substantive Symbols: The Attitudinal Dimension of Black Political Incorporation in Local Government." American Journal of Political ScienceIn Revision

 
 

Melissa Marschall and Anirudh Ruhil "The Pomp of Power: Black Mayoralties in Urban America." Social Science QuarterlyIn Revision

 
 Marschall, Melissa J. and Paru R. Shah 2005 Keeping Policy Churn off the Agenda: Urban Education and Civic Capacity Policy Studies Journal 33 (2): 161-180.
 
 

Melissa Marschall "Citizen Participation and the Neighborhood Context: A New Look at the Coproduction of Local Public Goods. ." Political Research Quarterly, 57 (2004) : 231-44.

 
 

Melissa Marschall and Dietlind Stolle "Race and the City: Neighborhood Context and the Development of Generalized Trust." Political Behavior, 26 (2004) : 125-53.

 
 Books
 

Choosing Schools: Consumer Choice and the Quality of American Schools (with Mark Schneider and Paul Teske). Princeton University Press. Paperback edition published in 2002. Recipient of the Policy Studies Association, Aaron Wildavsky Award for Best Policy Book in 2000-2001. 

 
 

Schneider, Paul Teske, and Melissa Marschal. 2000. Choosing Schools: Consumer Choice and the Quality of American Schools. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

 
 Book chapters
 

Marschall, Melissa. 2014. “A Descriptive Analysis of Female Mayors: The U.S. and Texas in Comparative Perspective.” In Local Politics and Mayoral Elections in 21st Century America: The Keys to City Hall, eds. Sean D. Foreman and Marcia L. Godwin. NY: Routledge.


 
 

Marschall, Melissa. “Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone: Empirical Foundations, Policy Implications and Future Directions.” Oxford Handbook of the Classics of Public Policy and Administration, ed. by Steve Balla, Martin Lodge & Edward Page. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming 2013/14. 

 
 

Shah, Paru and Melissa Marschall. 2012. “The Centrality of Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Cities, Towns and Suburbs.” Chapter 16 in Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics, ed. by Karen Mossberger, Susan E. Clarke, Peter John. Oxford University Press. 

 
 

Donato, Katharine and Melissa Marschall. 2010. “The Challenges of Educating Latino Students: Engaging Parents as Partners.” In Development of Hispanic Children in Immigrant Families, ed. Alan Booth and Nancy Landale. Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press. 

 
 

Marschall, Melissa. 2010. “The Study of Local Election in American Politics.” Chapter 25 in Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior, ed. by Jan Leighley. Oxford University Press. 

 
 The Latino Student-Teacher Gap in Immigrant Gateways: Structural Constraints and Policy Solution
 
 Marschall, Melissa J. 2005 Minority ncorporation and Local School Boards Chpt 8 In Besieged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics, ed. by William Howell Brookings Institution.
 
 

Melissa Marschall and Paru Shah "The Latino Student-Teacher Gap in Immigrant Gateways: Structural Constraints and Policy Solutions." Submitted

 
 

Marschall, Melissa. 2001. “Social Capital and Civic Capacity.” In Constituency Building and Advocacy for Education Reform, ed Marilyn Gittell. Howard Samuels State Management and Policy Center, NY. 

 
 

Paul Teske, Mark Schneider, Melissa Marschall, and Christine Roch. 2000. “Analyzing Public School Choice: A Status Report.” In City Schools: Lessons from New York, eds., Diane Ravitch and Joseph Viteritti. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press. 

 
 Book reviews
 

Zoltan Hajnal. 2006. Changing White Attitudes Toward Black Political Leadership. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In Urban Affairs Review, vol. 44 (3): 446-49. 

 
 

Terry M. Moe. 2001. Schools, Vouchers, and the American Public. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution. In Journal of Politics, vol. 64 (May): 695-6. 

 
 

2001 Douglas S. Reed. 2001. On Equal Terms: The Constitutional Politics of Equal Opportunity. Princeton: Princeton University Press. In American Journal of Education, vol. 109 (4): 157-64. 

 
 

Frederick M. Hess. 1999. Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution. In American Political Science Review, vol. 94 (March): 190. 

 
 

Paul T. Hill, Lawrence C. Pierce, and James W. Guthrie. 1997. Reinventing Public Education. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. In Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, vol. 9 (April): 351-356. 

 
 

Clarence N. Stone (ed.). 1998. Changing Urban Education. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas. In Urban Affairs Review, vol. 35 (November): 304-306. 

 
 

Stepan Haggard. 1990. Pathways from the Periphery. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Journal of Economics and Administrative Studies, vol. 6 (1-2): 226-30. 

 
 Other
 

Paul Teske, Mark Schneider, Melissa Marschall and Christine Roch. 1997. Evaluating the Effects of Public School Choice in District 4. Prepared for The Center for Educational Innovation, The Manhattan Institute. 

 
 

Marschall, Melissa. 2010. Immigrants and Schools: Chicago Report. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. http://www.russellsage.org/visiting-scholars/melissa-j-marschall 

 
 

Marschall, Melissa. 2008. “Local School Councils and Parent Involvement in Chicago.” The Evaluation Exchange 14 (Spring): 9. http://www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/eval.html 

 
 Some Thoughts on Immigrants, Schools, and Exclusionary Politics in the U.S Politics of Education Association Bulletin 30 (3): 1-5.
 
 

Marschall, Melissa. 2000. The Impact of Electronic Communications on the U.S. House of Representatives. Prepared for the Price Waterhouse Endowment for the Business of Government. 

 
 

Marschall, Melissa and Anirudh Ruhil. 1999. Aging in South Carolina: Seniors Speak Out. Prepared for Senior Matters Consulting, Inc. and the Ad Hoc Committee on Seniors, Families, and Social Services, South Carolina State Legislature. 

 
 

Schneider, Mark, Paul Teske, Melissa Marschall, Michael Mintrom, and Christine Roch. 1997. “School Choice in the Community.” The Public Interest 129 (Fall): 86-90.

 
Presentations
 Conference Paper
 

"“Clientelistic Sources of AKP Governance in Turkey: Does Housing Create Votes?“ (with Abdullah Aydogan and Alper Bulut). Midwest Political Science Association, ." (April 16, 2015)

 
 

"“Distributive Politics, Housing, and the Electoral Success of Turkey’s Justice and Development (AKP) Party. (with Abdullah Aydogan and Alper Bulut). American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco. .." (Sept 2, 2015)

 
 

"“Distributive Politics, Housing, and the Electoral Success of Turkey’s Justice and Development (AKP) Party."  Networks of Dependency International Workshop,  Phillips-University Marburg, Germany.." (July 21-22, 2015)

 
 

"“Party Voting in Turkey: Explaining the Durability of AKP Support,” International Society of Political Psychology  Workshop. Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey.." (March 6, 2015)

 
 

"The Voting Rights Act and Latino Participation in School Board Elections: How Efficacious are the Language Assistance Provisions?“ (with Amanda Rutherford). Midwest Political Science Association, .." (April 16, 2015)

 
 Invited Papers
 

 “Immigrant Parents and Schools,” Annual Meeting of the Southwest Political Science Association, Las Vegas, March 16-18, 2011.

 
 

“Mayoral Takeovers in Urban Education: When, Where and Why?” (with Carlos Cuellar and Praveena Lakshmanan). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, Jan 4-6, 2007.

 
 

“Minority Council Representation: New Directions in Models and Data” (with Paru Shah and Anirudh Ruhil). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Political Science Association, Denver, April 7-9, 2009.

 
 

“Minority Council Representation: New Directions in Models and Data” (with Paru Shah and Anirudh Ruhil). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2-5, 2009.

 
 

“Schools and Parental Involvement Policy: A Macro-Level Analysis of Immigrant Gateway Districts" (with Paru Shah and Katharine Donato), Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Political Science Association, Los Vegas, March 2008 and Annual Meeting of the Political Science Association, Chicago, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2007.

 
 

2010 “State Language Policy and Immigrant Incorporation in Local Schools,” (with Elizabeth Rigby and Jasmine Jenkins). Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, Boston, Nov. 4-6, 2010.

 
 

“The Racial and Ethnic Complexion of Elected Officials in American Local Government: Trends, Implications, and Research Trajectories,” (with Paru Shah). Annual Meeting of the Southwest Political Science Association, Las Vegas, March 16-18, 2011.

 
 

“The Supply Side of Minority Representation: When and Where do Minority Candidates Run?” (with Paru Shah & Nicholas Davis). Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, Jan, 2012 and American Political Science Association, Seattle, WA. Sept. 2011

 
 

 “I Got Here First: Black Representation On City Councils and Boards” (with Paru Shah and Anirudh Ruhil). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 12-14, 2007.

 
 Marschall, Melissa and Dietlind Stolle. 2005.Seeing or Living Diversity¿Contact with Diverse Others and the Development of Generalized Trust. Presented at the Comparative Industrialized Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, London, Ontario, June 2.
 
 

Paper Presentation.  "Minority Representation and Local School Boards." Annual Meeting of the Southwest Social Science Association, Corpus Christi, TX. (March 18-20, 2004)

 
 

Paper Presentation.  "School Governance and Latino Representation: Do Local School Councils Promote Effective Schooling?." Politics of Latino Education/University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX. (Dec 10-11, 2004) With Paru Shah

 
 

Paper Presentation.  "The Attitudinal Effects of Minority Incorporation: Examining the Racial Dimensions of Trust in Urban America.." Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Lund, Sweden. (July 15-18, 2004)

 
 

"The New Racial Calculus: Electoral Institutions and Black Gains in City Hall." Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (April 15-18, 2004) With Anirudh Ruhil

 
 

Paper presentation.  "¿Hues in the House: A Panel Analysis of Black Electoral Gains in City Halls." Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia. (Aug. 30, 2003) With Anirudh Ruhil

 
 

Paper presentation.  "¿Minority Representation and Local School Boards.¿." School Board Politics Conference, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. (Oct. 15-17, 2003) With none

 
 

Paper presentation.  "¿Revisiting the Question of Civic Capacity and Urban School Reform"." the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia. (Aug 30, 2003) With Paru Shah

 
 

"¿The Institutional and Social Context of Urban School Reform¿." Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Halifax, Nova Scotia. (April 30, 2003) With Paru Shah

 
 Invited Talks
 

"“Multiracial Places and Faces: The Supply and Electoral Prospects of Latino Candidates in Local Elections.” (with Paru Shah). Conference on the Politics of Latino Identity, University of Houston, ." (Dec 3-5, 2015)

 
 

"“The Study of Local Elections in America.” Dept. of Political Science, Ohio State University,." (November 12, 2015)

 
 

"“The Voting Rights Act & Minority Representation in Local Government.” Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University, ." (March 27, 2015.)

 
 

"“The Voting Rights Act & Minority Representation in Local Government.” University of Notre Dame.." (January 20, 2015 )

 
 

"“The Parental Involvement Gap.” Colloquium on the Law, Economics and Politics of Urban Affairs, New York University. ." (April 2, 2014)

 
 

“The Process of Minority Incorporation in Local Politics and Government.” Project for Equity, Representation and Governance, Texas A&M University; (with Anna Mikulska), Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 11-14, 2013 and Southern Political Science Association, Orlando, January 4-6, 2013.

 
 

2011 “ Immigrants and Schooling in the U.S.: Trends and Challenges in the New Millennium,” Center for North American Studies, University of Tampere, Finland, June 6-12, 2011.

 
 

 “Black Political Incorporation in Local Politics.” ALMA (African Americans and Latinos Merging for Action) Conference, Rice University, March 2009.

 
 

“Civic Engagement and Local Politics: Comparing the Effects of Neighborhood Context.”

Presented at the American Politics Workshop, University of Chicago, January, 2002.

 
 

“Coproduction in Schools: Building Social and Human Capital in Urban Communities.”

Multidisciplinary Pathways to Children’s Learning, Development, and Transitions to Adulthood

Conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Indiana University, August, 1999.

 
 

“Either We Depend on God or on Power: The Case of the Arab Spring.” Crossroads, Cultural Center, St. Thomas University, Houston, April 30, 2012.

 
 

2010 “Immigrant Families and Schools in Three New York City Communities.” The Education Collaborative, New York City, Feb. 10, 2010.

 
 

“Minority Incorporation and Local School Boards.” Peabody Center for Educational Policy,

Vanderbilt University, February 6, 2004

 
 

2006 “Operationalizing Social Capital.” Conference on Race and Social Capital, Texas A&M, Feb. 11. 

 
 

2010 “Participation & Schooling For Immigrants and Minorities in 21st Century America,” presented:

  • The Department of Political Science, Stony Brook University, May 18.

  • The National Center for Children and Families, Teachers College, Columbia University,

    April 26.

  • The Russell Sage Foundation, New York, March 17.

  • The American Society and Politics Workshop, Columbia University, Jan.25. 

 
 

2008 “Representation, Governance and Participation: Immigrants and Minorities in American Schools.” Department of Leadership, Policy & Education, Vanderbilt University, January 2008.

 
 

“School Governance and Latino Representation: Do Local School Councils Promote Effective

Schooling?” (with Paru Shah). Politics of Latino Education Conference, University of Texas-

Austin, Dec. 10-11, 2004.

 
 

“Schools and Parental Involvement Policies in U.S. Immigrant Gateway Cities.” Social Science Research Council, Second International Workshop: Immigrant Communities, Education, Civic and Cultural Inclusion, New York. Dec 2-4, 2007.

 
 

“State Policy and Immigrant Incorporation in Local Education” (with Elizabeth Rigby). States as Facilitators or Obstructionists of Local Governments Conference. FSU, Feb. 25-27, 2010.

 
 

“Substantive Symbols: The Attitudinal Dimension of Black Political Incorporation in Local

Government.” Dept. of Political Science, Arizona State University, Oct. 29, 2004.

 
 

“The Attitudinal Dimension of Political Incorporation: Service Delivery and Citizen Satisfaction under Black Electoral Representation.” Dept. of Political Science, Texas Tech University, April 23, 2004.

 
 

2002 “The Attitudinal Dimension of Political Incorporation: Service Delivery and Citizen Satisfaction under Black Electoral Representation.” Rice University, November and University of California-Riverside, November. 


 
 

“The Impact of Policies and Representation on Minority Parent Involvement.” Underrepresented Groups in Subnational Politics Conference, Rice University, May 2009.

 
 

2011 “What Happens to Election Returns and Records After the Contest is Over?” Ephemera and Archive Conference, Dec. 2-4, 2011, Houston, TX. 

 
 

2009 “Immigrant Parent Involvement in Schools.” Columbia Population Research Center, Columbia University. Oct. 15, 2009.

 
 

“Minority Representation and Local School Boards.” Presented at the School Board Politics

Conference, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Oct. 15-17, 2003.

 
 

"“Minority Representation in Local Politics.” University of Maryland. ." (December 6, 2013)

 
 

Speaker, Panelist.  "Operationalizing Social Capital.." Conference on Race and Social Capital, Texas A&M, College Station, TX. (Feb. 11, 2006.)

 
 

Invited Talk.  "Substantive Symbols: The Attitudinal Dimension of Black Political Incorporation in Local Government ." Political Science Dept./ Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ. (Oct. 29, 2004)

 
 

Invited Talk.  "The Attitudinal Dimension of Political Incorporation: Service Delivery and Citizen Satisfaction under Black Electoral Representation." Political Science Dept., Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. (April 23, 2004)

 
 Panelist
 

2011 Education Policy at Home and Abroad—Southwest Political Science Association, Las Vegas,

March 16-18, 2011

 
 

2008 Education Policy—Urban Politics and Public Policy Section.Annual Meeting of the American

Political Science Association, Boston, Sept, 2008.

 
 

Local Elections in America: Minority and Women Candidates for Legislative Contests. Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, April 11-14, 2013

 
 

2012 Minority Politics, Leadership & Governance in Cities and The Urban Economy---Southern

Political Science Association, New Orleans, Jan. 12-14, 2012.

 
 

Race and Public Policy-Discussant. Southern Political Science Association, Orlando, Jan. 3-5, 2013.

 
 

2013 Research Fellowships in Political Science-Roundtable--Southern Political Science Association, Orlando, Jan. 3-5, 2013

 
 

Understanding Elections and Turnout—Southwest Political Science Association, Las Vegas,

March, 2008.

 
 

 Urban Elections and the Urban Electorate—Urban Politics Section. Annual Meeting of the

American Political Science Association, Boston, Sept. 2008

 
 ¿Birds of a Political Feather: Does Tiebout Sorting Lead to Partisan Polarization in American Metropolitan Areas?¿ (with Wendy Rahn). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
 
 ¿Birds of a Political Feather: Ideology, Partisanship, and Geographic Sorting in the American Electorate¿ (with Wendy Rahn). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 21.
 
 

Discussant.  "New Perspectives on Power, Federalism, and Policy Change in Education." Annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia. (Aug 2006)

 
 ¿Parental Involvement and Educational Outcomes for Minority Students.¿ Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
 
 Marschall, Melissa and Paru Shah. 2005. Representation and Educational Opportunities for Latinos.¿ Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 7-9, Chicago.
 
 Marschall, Melissa and Paru Shah. 2005. ¿The Attitudinal Effects of Minority Incorporation: Examining the Racial Dimensions of Trust in Urban America.¿ Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association, New Orleans, March 24-26.
 
 Marschall, Melissa and Anirudh Ruhil. 2005. Waiting for Godot? Black Mayors and Public Finance.¿ Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 7-9, Chicago.
 
Editorial Positions
 Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Politics. (2009 - 2015)

 Other, various. (2014 - 2014)

 Other, Various. (2014 - 2014)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Urban Affairs Review. Sage. (2006 - 2006)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Caitlin Rosenthal, BA Beyond the Bake Sale: Parent-Teacher Organizations and the Perpetuation of Inequality. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Brent D. Boyea, Ph.D. State Methods of Judicial Selection: An Evaluation of Career Ambition. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Paru Shah, Ph.D. Re-examining Minority Representation: Empirically Linking Descriptive and Substantive Latino Representatio. (2005) (Thesis Director)

 Patricia Haptemichael, Ph.D. Good Starts Matter: An Examination of Entrepreneurial Activity Involved in Starting a Charter School.. (2006) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Gavin Dillingham, Ph.D. Policy Adoption and Policy Effects: Explaining Governments¿ Choice of Urban Growth Management Policy and the Effects on Sprawl. (2006) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Paru R Shah, PhD Examining Minority Representation: Empirically Linking Descriptive and Substantive Latino Representation. . (2006) (Thesis Director)

 Paru Shah, Ph.D. Examining Minority Representation: Empirically Linking Descriptive and Substantive Latino Representation.. (2006) (Thesis Director)

 Bernadette Turegano , B.A. “Understanding the Realities of Supplemental Educational Services in HISD.” . (2007) (Thesis Director)

 Gavin Dilingham, Ph.D. Urban Sprawl and Economic Competition: Explaining Governments' Adoption and Effectiveness of Urban Growth Management Policy.. (2008) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Melissa Arnold, B.A. “Crucial Communication: How Direct and Indirect Contact with Hispanic Parents Affects their Involvement in the Education of the Children.”. (2010) (Thesis Director)

 Carlos Cuellar, Ph.D. The Latino empowerment process: An examination of the causes and consequences of Latino representation in local politics.. (2012) (Thesis Director)

 Renita Miller, Ph.D. Minority Voices: Representational Roles of African Americans and Latinos during State Legislative Deliberations. . (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Renuke Rege, B.A. “The Effects of Children’s Access to State Pre-K Programs on Academic Performance.” . (2012) (Thesis Director)

 James Hedrick , Welcoming the Huddled Masses - Immigration Policies of Subnational Governments. . (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Clinton Wilbanks, BA “The Price of Education: An Analysis of School Board Elections in the United States.”. (2014) (Thesis Director)

 Patricia A. Habtemichael, Ph.D. Good Starts Matter: An Examination of Entrepreneurial Activity Involved in Starting a Charter School. (Thesis Committee Member)

 Brent D. Boyea, Ph.D. State Methods of Judicial Selection: An Evaluation of Career Ambition. (Thesis Committee Member)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 APSA Urban Politics Section best paper award in 2008 for Schools and Parental Involvement Policy: A Macro-Level Analysis of Immigrant Gateway Districts” (with Paru Shah and Katharine Donato).,

 Allen Saxe Best Paper Award in 2005 for ¿The Attitudinal Effects of Minority Incorporation: Examining the Racial Dimensions of Trust in Urban America.¿, Southwest Political Science Association (March 2005)

 Allen Saxe Best Paper Award in 2004 for Minority Incorporation in Local School Boards., Southwest Political Science Association (March 24-26, 2005)

Positions Held
 Various positions, American Political Science Association. (2014 - 2014)

 Scientific Evaluation Council Member, , Center for Studies in Public Administration and Public Policy University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, 2002.. (2002 - 2002)

 Committee Member, Mellon/ACLS. (2014 - 2014)

 Various positions, Southwestern Political Science Association. (2014 - 2014)

 Various positions, Southern Political Science Association. (2014 - 2014)

 Various positions, Midwest Political Science Association. (2014 - 2014)

 Public Policy Section Head for 2007 Annual Meeting, Southern Political Science Association. (2006 - 2006)