American Politics Placement Candidates
I am a PhD candidate in American politics in the political science department at the University of Notre Dame. My research centers on political identity and activism as expressed through party politics in the electorate, and in party and governmental institutions. I investigate how individual’s political and social identities impact participation in party politics as well as the effect of that participation on the structure of political parties. Specifically, my dissertation focuses on the role of party activists and the impact of issue constraint and party issue adoption. I was born and raised Denver, CO and completed my BA in political science at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to my interest in party politics, I concentrate on religion and politics, political polarization, immigration, and public opinion.
Sam is a postdoctoral teaching fellow at the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation, which utilizes paired cases and extensive historical research to investigate the formation of major political parties, is titled “Strategic Cadre-Building in American Party Formation” and was completed at the University of Notre Dame in June 2018. He completed his B.A. in English Literature at Knox College in 2011. His ongoing research focuses on elite behavior, party politics, American political development, and political polarization. Sam has been teaching independently on American political institutions and political polarization since Spring 2018.