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Brian F. Schaffner

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Professor of Political Science (On leave during 2016-17 Academic Year)
Director, UMass Poll


Thompson 414

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Ph.D., Indiana University; B.A., University of Georgia


My research focuses on public opinion, campaigns and elections, political parties, and legislative politics. I am co-PI of the Cooperative Congressional Election Study. I am co-author (with Ray La Raja) of the forthcoming book Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail (University of Michigan Press), co-Editor of the book Winning with Words: The Origins & Impact of Political Framing, and co-author of Understanding Political Science Research Methods: The Challenge of Inference. My research has appeared in over thirty journal articles, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Political Analysis, Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly.

I am also the Founding Director of the UMass Poll.

Area of Study: 

  • American politics

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  • Political Science