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CSED
Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy

Faculty

Chris Karpowitz

CSED Director


Christopher F. Karpowitz is a Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. Prior to arriving at BYU, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Democracy and Human Values at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values. He has authored three books concerning democracy and equality in civic engagement.

Michael Barber

CSED Associate Director


Michael Barber is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University and received his PhD from Princeton University in 2014. His research and teaching are broadly related to legislative politics in the United States, with a focus on individual campaign contributors and voter turnout.

Alejandra Aldridge

CSED Scholar


Dr. Aldridge is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. She studies how Americans think about democracy in an era of polarized politics and how presidents influence conceptions of democratic norms. Broadly, her research interests include survey methodology, experimental methods, presidential influence, voter behavior, presidential elections, and gender and politics.
Twitter: @agimenez05

Lisa Argyle

CSED Scholar


Lisa P. Argyle joined the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University as an Assistant Professor in 2018. She received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016, after which she spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University. Her research focuses on how people talk about politics in their everyday conversations with each other, with special emphasis on the role of persuasion in these conversations.

Adam Brown

CSED Scholar


Adam Brown is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He earned his PhD from the University of California, San Diego, in 2008. His teaching and research concern legislative politics, gubernatorial powers, campaign behavior, federalism, and voting.

Ethan Busby

CSED Scholar


Ethan Busby is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He received his PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2018 and taught at Clemson University prior to coming to BYU in 2020. His research focuses on political extremism, considering different forms of extremism (like populism, racism, and polarization) and how the public thinks of extremism in the United States. More details about his teaching and research can be found at ethanbusby.com.

Adam Dynes

CSED Scholar


Adam Dynes is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He researches legislative behavior, distributive (budget) politics, political parties, and representation. He is also the co-principal investigator of the American Municipal Official Survey.

Jay Goodliffe

CSED Scholar


Jay Goodliffe is a Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. His research interests include congressional campaigns and elections, legislative discipline, interest groups, and political methodology. His work has been published in various journals and edited volumes.

Christopher Krewson

CSED Scholar


Christopher N. Krewson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. Prior to arriving at BYU, he earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin and taught at Claremont Graduate University. His research and teaching focus on the legitimacy of the United States Supreme Court, judicial behavior, and public opinion.

Quin Monson

CSED Senior Scholar


Quin Monson received his PhD from Ohio State University in 2004. He does research in public opinion; campaigns and elections; survey research methods; and religion and politics. He is the co-author of Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014). His work has also appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, and Public Opinion Quarterly.

Kelly Patterson

CSED Senior Scholar


Kelly Patterson is a Professor of Political Science and a former chair of the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He was a co-investigator on the 2004 and 2006 CSED projects monitoring soft money and issue advocacy in competitive federal elections, and has authored or co-authored a number of books and academic articles.

Jeremy Pope

CSED Senior Scholar


Jeremy C. Pope is a Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. His research interests include congressional elections, political parties, voter partisanship and the American founding. His work has been published in The Journal of Politics, The British Journal of Political Science and Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Jessica Preece

CSED Scholar


Dr. Preece received her PhD from UCLA in 2010 and joined BYU’s Political Science faculty that Fall. Her research is on candidate ambition, recruitment, and selection. She has special interests in gender and experiments. Her publications include pieces in The American Journal of Political Science, The Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Gender and Politics, among others.