We engage undergraduates in research and strongly encourage students to pursue independent and collaborative projects with faculty.

Faculty Research

  • Our faculty have research expertise in the study of voting and elections, courts, public opinion, the presidency, social programs, terrorism and political violence.
  • We have a particular expertise in the study of voting and elections, with specialists in voting behavior, public opinion, elections, and turnout both within the American states, in the United States and across the globe, including the study of both democratic and nondemocratic regimes.
  • Many of our students serve as research assistants and even as collaborators on faculty research.
  • This experience provides students with first-hand research experience, mentoring from established researchers and a way to develop analytical and communication skills.
  • View faculty profiles for more information about each faculty member’s research area. You may contact faculty members to discuss your interest in becoming a research assistant or collaborator.

Undergraduate Research

  • The Department of Political Science also encourages undergraduate students to engage in independent research.
  • If you are interested in independent research, we recommend that students explore faculty research interests and reach out to relevant faculty for mentorship.
  • The UMKC Undergraduate Research office has more information on funding for undergraduate research projects.

Recent Research

  • Best, Rebecca H.; Shair-Rosenfield,Sarah and Wood, Reed M. Legislative gender diversity and the resolution of civil conflict. Political Research Quarterly (2018). 
  • Leiter, Debra.  Social networks, predispositions and split-ticket voting: The case of the 1990 German unification election. Political Studies (2018).
  • Lyne, M. Rethinking the political economy of import substitution industrialization in Brazil: A clientelist model of development policymaking. Latin American Politics and Society, 57(1), 75-98 (2015).
  • Skidmore, Max J. Thoughts on constitutions: Occasioned by a congress on Iceland’s democracy. World Affairs (2018).
  • Vonnahme, Beth; Elmore, Wade; Thompson, Lauren; Filion, Diane and Lundgren, Jennifer D. Evaluating political candidates: Does weight matter? Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 1(3), 287 (2015). 
  • Vonnahme, Greg; Fortunato, David and Stevenson, Randolph T. Context and political knowledge: Explaining cross-national variation in partisan left-right knowledge. The Journal of Politics 78(4) 1211.(2016). 
  • Woodson, Benjamin. The dynamics of legitimacy change for the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice System Journal 39(1) 75 (2018).