I had great fun writing an article for Advertising & Society Quarterly on teaching about political advertising. The article is open access for three months (until early October 2018). Check it out here.
When I was department chair, I regularly asked the Registrar during course registration for the number of students requesting seats in our courses during the various “rounds” of registration. Round 1 is when students upload their first-choices for classes. Round 2 gives students the chance to fill out their schedule by requesting space in courses […]
I’ve been playing around with some presidential approval data, inspired by Sides and Vavreck’s analysis in The Gamble. They predicted Obama’s approval ratings over the course of his two terms, using data from Truman to Bush II. The underlying question they ask is whether Obama’s actual approval at various points was higher or lower than […]
File this as a head-scratcher. In our 2018 poll of Bowdoin students, we asked them their opinion of their major or pre-major advisor (on a scale from 0 to 100). We also asked them to indicate how many hours per week they spent studying and writing papers (in addition to class time) in their favorite […]
Each time I offer Gov 2080 (“Quantitative Analysis in Political Science”), I work with students in the class to design and field a poll of Bowdoin students. We pay careful attention to question wording and order, and we use the data to analyze the relationships between variables. This year’s results are here. We can have […]
Every year that I teach “Quantitative Analysis in Political Science,” I work with the students to design and field a poll of Bowdoin students. The exercise is meant to give students exposure to the challenges of question wording and survey analysis. We usually ask standard “feeling thermometer” questions of certain Bowdoin administrators or institutions, like […]
I reflected recently on my first solo teaching gig: a mid-level course (with 170+ students) I offered as a grad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, now 15 years ago. The course was called “American Politics and Government,” and it was basically an Intro to American Government class for upperclassmen, mostly non-majors. The […]