Geoffrey C. Layman
Fields of Study: American Politics, Methodology
Research and Teaching Interests: American Politics, Political Parties, Public opinion, Voting Behavior, Religion and Politics, Research Methods
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Geoff Layman specializes in political parties, political behavior, and religion and politics, focusing especially on long-term changes in the parties and their electoral coalitions. His current research focuses on the political causes and consequences of growing secularism in the U.S., activists in American party politics, the increasing polarization of the American political parties on multiple policy agendas, and the role of elite-level cues in shaping public opinion. He is the author of The Great Divide: Religious and Cultural Conflict in American Party Politics (Columbia, 2001). He also has published numerous articles in the discipline's leading journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and the Annual Review of Political Science. Starting in January 2019, Layman will be the co-editor (along with Ben Radcliff) of the journal Political Behavior.