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Ray La Raja

Professional Title: 

Professor of Political Science
Associate Dean for Program Innovation, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Office: 

Thompson 534

Phone Number: 

413-545-6182

Email: 

Office Hours: 

Spring 2020: Due to the coronavirus I will not hold onsite office hours. For Fall 2020 my office hours will be on Zoom https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/s/7064518920 on Wed. 3-5 and by appointment

Degree: 

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Master in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard

Bio: 

Ray La Raja's areas of expertise include political parties, interest groups, campaign finance, elections, political participation, American state and local politics, public policy and political reform. He is co-author with Brian Schaffner and Jesse Rhodes of Hometown Inequality: Race, Class, and Representation in American Local Politics (Cambridge University Press 2020).  He previously co-authored with Brian Schaffner, Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail (Univ. of Michigan Press 2015), which was the winner of the Virginia Gray Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association's State Politics and Policy section. He is co-founder and former co-editor of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Campaign Finance Institute. He was past president of the Political Organizations and Parties section of the American Political Science Association. He is Associate Director of the UMass Poll, which conducts public opinion research in Massachusetts and the United States to inform policymaking.  

Area of Study: 

  • American politics
  • Public policy and organizations

Curriculum Vitae: 

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Program: 

  • Political Science