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Scot SchraufnagelScot Schraufnagel

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

Office:
Zulauf Hall 402
(815) 753-7054
sschrauf@niu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Overview of Scholarly Activity

Dr. Schraufnagel (Ph.D., Florida State University) is the director of graduate studies for 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. Professor Schraufnagel recently published two books, one titled Third Party Blues: The Truth and Consequences of Two-Party Dominance with Routledge Press and a second titled Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Congress with Roman-Littlefield Press.  Both volumes have been met with very positive reviews from scholarly sources.  

Selected Publications

Schraufnagel, Scot, and Lawrence C. Dodd. 2009. “Re-Thinking Legislative Productivity: Commemorative Legislation and Policy Gridlock.” Congress & the Presidency 36:132-47.

Dodd, Lawrence C. and Scot Schraufnagel. 2008. “Congress, Civility and Legislative Productivity: A Historical Perspective.” In Congress Reconsidered, 9th Edition. eds. Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce I. Oppenheimer.Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press.

Mondak, Jeffery J., Edward G. Carmines, Robert Huckfeldt, Donna-Gene Mitchell, and Scot Schraufnagel. 2007. “Does Familiarity Breed Contempt? The Impact of Information on Mass Attitudes toward Congress.” American Journal of Political Science 51:34-48.

Schraufnagel, Scot, and Karen Halperin. 2006. “Term Limits, Electoral Competition, and Demographic Change: The Case of Florida.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 4:448-62.

Schraufnagel, Scot. 2005. “Testing the Implications of Incivility in the United States Congress 1977-2000: The Case of Judicial Confirmation Delay.” Journal of Legislative Studies 11:216-34.