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James McCann

James A. McCann

Professor of Political Science

Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder
M.A. University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. Illinois State University

Curriculum Vitae
Office Hours: MW 9:00-12:00; by appointment
Office: BRNG 2216G
Office Phone: (765) 494-0738
Office Fax: (765) 494-0833


American Politics
Comparative Politics


Spring 2015
POL 493 - Data Driven Approaches to Policy Making
POL 606 - Maximum Likelihood Estimation

Summer 2014
POL 495 - Latino Immigrants in the "Crossroads of America"

Spring 2014
POL 605 - Research Design Methods
POL 610 - Graduate Seminar on U.S. Politics

Research Highlights

James A. McCann conducts research on public opinion, electoral processes, participation, and representation in the United States and cross-nationally.  His work has appeared in many leading scholarly journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the American Journal of Political Science, and the British Journal of Political Science.  He is the co-author, with Jorge Domínguez, of Democratizing Mexico: Public Opinion and Electoral Choices (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996).  His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Global Policy Research Institute.  He is a Principal Investigator, with Michael Jones-Correa, of the “2012 Latino Immigrant National Election Study” (LINES).

 Selected Publications

“Assessing Candidates at Home and Abroad: A Comparative Analysis of Colombian Expatriates,” Latin American Politics and Society. 56:2, Summer 2014, 115-140. With Cristina Escobar and Renelinda Arana.

 "Opinion-Taking within Friendship Networks," American Journal of Political Science. 52:2, April 2008, 412-420.  With Suzanne Parker and Glenn Parker.

 “An Electorate Adrift? Public Opinion and the Quality of Democracy in Mexico," Latin American Research Review 38:3, October 2003, 60-81. With Chappell Lawson.

"Electoral Choices and Core Value Change," American Journal of Political Science 41:2, May 1997, 564-583.

"Shaping Mexico's Political Arena: The Construction of Partisan Cleavages in the 1988 and 1991 National Elections," American Political Science Review 89:1, March 1995, 34-48. With Jorge I. Domínguez