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Scot Schraufnagel

Scot Schraufnagel

U.S. Congress, Political Parties, Elections, U.S. Presidency

Office: Zulauf Hall 413

Curriculum Vitae


Overview of Scholarly Activity

Dr. Schraufnagel (Ph.D., Florida State University) is a professor in and chair of the Department of Political Science. His research and teaching specialties are the U.S. Congress, political parties, elections and state government, with an emphasis on promoting a civil, representative and effective legislative process in the United States. He has a broad interest in institutional effectiveness and policy making, with a particular academic focus on legislative innovation. His published works have dealt with specific public policy innovations, institutional arrangements that promote effective elections (worldwide), partisan difference in the U.S. Congress and the factors associated with a productive U.S. legislature.  

Selected Publications

Schraufnagel, Scot. 2015. “Candidate Age and Youth Voter Turnout.” American Politics Research. 43(3): 479-503 (with Michael J. Pomante III).

Schraufnagel, Scot. 2014. "A Cross-National Comparison of Voter Turnout in 15 Sub-Saharan African States." Journal of Good Governance and Sustainable Development in Africa. 2(3): 1-15 (with Peter Gowen).

Schraufnagel, Scot, Michael Buehler, and Maureen Lowry-Fritz. 2014. “Voter Turnout in Democratizing Southeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Electoral Participation in Five Countries.” Taiwan Journal of Democracy. 10(1): 1-23.

Schraufnagel, Scot. 2013. “Hispanic Population Growth and State Immigration Policy: An Analysis of Restriction (2008-12).” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 43(3): 1-21 (with Timothy Márquez).

Dodd, Lawrence C., and Scot Schraufnagel. 2013. “Taking Incivility Seriously: Analyzing Breaches of Decorum in the U. S. Congress (1891-2012).” In Politics to the Extreme, eds. Sean Q. Kelly and Scott A. Frisch. New York: Palgrave/MacMillan. pp. 71-92. 

Dodd, Lawrence C., and Scot Schraufnagel. 2013. “Party Polarization and Policy Productivity in Congress: From Harding to Obama.” In Congress Reconsidered, 10th Edition. eds. Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce I. Oppenheimer. Washington, D.C.: Sage/Congressional Quarterly Press. pp. 437-64.

Dodd, Lawrence C., and Scot Schraufnagel. 2012. “Congress and the Polarity Paradox: Party Polarization, Member Incivility and Landmark Legislation, 1891-1994.” Congress and the Presidency 39: 109-32.

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