Paul Herrnson


Political Science

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Paul Herrnson earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his BA at Binghamton University. He is Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. His primary interests include political parties and elections, money and politics, public opinion, and voting technology and ballot design. He teaches courses on Congressional Elections and other aspects of American politics.

Selected Books

Congressional Elections: Campaigning at Home and in Washington, (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 1st ed. 1995, 2nd ed. 1998, 3rd ed. 2000, 4th ed. 2004, 5th ed. 2008, 6th ed. 2012, 7th ed.. 2016).

Interest Groups Unleashed, ed. with Christopher J. Deering and Clyde Wilcox (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2013).

Voting Technology: The Not-So-Simple Act of Casting a Ballot, with Richard G. Niemi, Michael J. Hanmer, Benjamin B. Bederson, Frederick G. Conrad, and Michael W. Traugott (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2008).

Guide to Political Campaigns in America, ed. with Colton Campbell, Marne Ezra, and Stephen Medvic (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2005).

The Financiers of Congressional Elections: Investors, Ideologues, and Intimates, with Peter L. Francia, John C. Green, Lynda W. Powell, and Clyde Wilcox (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003).

Selected Articles

“Message, Milieu, Technology, and Turnout among Military and Overseas Voters,” with Ho Youn Koh, Michael J. Hanmer, and Claire M. Smith, Electoral Studies, vol. 39 (2015): 142-152.

“The Impact of Email on the use of New Voting Methods and Turnout by Overseas Voters: A Field Experiment to Address Challenges with New Technology and Outreach,” with Michael J. Hanmer, and Claire M. Smith, Election Law Journal, vol. 14 (2015): 97-110.

“The Impact of District Magnitude on Voter Drop-Off and Roll-Off in American Elections,” with James M. Curry and Jeffrey A. Taylor, Legislative Studies Quarterly, vol. 40 (2015): 627-650.

“The Impact of District Magnitude on Campaign Fundraising,” with James M. Curry and Jeffrey A. Taylor, Legislative Studies Quarterly, vol. 38 (2013): 517-543.

“Exceeding Expectations? Determinants of Satisfaction with the Voting Process in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election,” with Ryan L. Claassen, Richard G. Niemi, and Kelly D. Patterson, Journal of Politics, vol. 75 (2013): 451-463.

“The Impact of Ballot Type on Voter Errors,” with Richard G. Niemi and Michael J. Hanmer, American Journal of Political Science, vol. 56 (2012): 716-730.

Paul Herrnson
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