Andrew Ballard


American Politics, Behavior Identities, Methods, Political Institutions

My research focuses on American politics, and I am particularly interested in representation, campaign finance, political methodology, elections, legislative politics, and public opinion. I have researched a variety of topics, such as the effect of competitive elections on policy representation, online advertising in Presidential campaigns, the role of academic economists in shaping public opinion on economic policy issues, how intraparty campaign finance functions as a mechanism for party control, member responses to primary challenges in Congressional elections, using legislative floor speeches to measure a legislator's agenda, and more.