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Department of Public & Environmental Affairs

Aaron Weinschenk

Aaron Weinschenk
Assistant Professor of Political Science
MAC B319

Fields of Interest: American Government and Politics; Political Behavior; Campaigns and Elections; Political Psychology; Voting Behavior; Political Participation; Statistics; Research Design and Methodology.

Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.A and B.S., Political Science and Public Administration (Summa Cum Laude, with distinction in the major), University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (2007); M.A., Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2009); Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2013)


A Citizen's Guide to U.S. Elections: Empowering Democracy in America. 2015. (with Costas Panagopoulos). New York: Routledge.

''Convention Effects: Examining the Impact of National Presidential Nominating Conventions on Information, Preferences, and Behavioral Intentions.'' Forthcoming. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties. (with Costas Panagopoulos).

''Conventional Wisdom: Political Learning During Presidential Nominating Conventions.'' Forthcoming. Presidential Studies Quarterly.

''Big Five Personality Traits, Political Participation, and Civic Engagement: Evidence from 24 Countries.'' Forthcoming. Social Science Quarterly.

''Political Trust in the American States.'' State and Local Government Review. Forthcoming 2015. (with David Helpap).

''Personality, Negativity, and Political Participation.'' Journal of Social and Political Psychology. 2014. 2(1): 164-182. (with Costas Panagopoulos).

''Campaign Field Offices and Voter Mobilization in 2012.'' Presidential Studies Quarterly. 2015. 45(3): 573-580.

''Money, Candidates, and Mayoral Elections.'' Electoral Studies. 2014. 35: 292-302. (with Thomas M. Holbrook).

''The Determinants of Campaign Spending in Mayoral Elections.'' State and Local Government Review. 2014. 46(1): 13-27. (with Thomas M. Holbrook).

''Campaigns, Mobilization, and Turnout in Mayoral Elections.'' Political Research Quarterly. 2014. 67(1): 42-55. (with Thomas M. Holbrook).

''Polarization, Ideology, and Vote Choice in U.S. Congressional Elections.'' Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties. 2014. 24(1): 73-89.

''Partisanship and Voting Behavior: An Update.'' Presidential Studies Quarterly. 2013. 43(3): 607-617.

''Personality Traits and the Sense of Civic Duty.'' American Politics Research. 2014. 42(1): 90-113.

''Partisan Pocketbooks: The Politics of Personal Financial Evaluations.'' Social Science Quarterly. 2012. 93(4): 968-987.

''The Conditional Effects of Competing Messages During Presidential Nominating Conventions.'' Presidential Studies Quarterly. 2012. 42(1): 161–175. (with Joseph Cera).

''The Individual-Level Effects of Presidential Conventions on Candidate Evaluations.'' American Politics Research. 2012. 40(1): 3–28. (with Joseph Cera).

''Bringing the President Back In: The Collapse of Lehman Brothers and the Evolution of Retrospective Voting in the 2008 Presidential Election.'' Political Research Quarterly. 2012. 65(2) 263–274. (with Thomas M. Holbrook and Clayton Clouse).

''Revisiting the Political Theory of Party Identification.'' Political Behavior. 2010. 32(4): 473–494.


  • American Government and Politics (Pol Sci 101)
  • Introduction to Public Policy (Pol Sci/Pu En Af 202)
  • Congress: Politics and Policy (Pol Sci 316)
  • Urban Politics and Policy (Pol Sci 305).