James A. McCann

  • Professor of Political Science
    Co-Coordinator, Advanced Methods at Purdue
  • Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder
    M.A. University of Colorado, Boulder
    B.A. Illinois State University

Department Information

Latin American Studies // SIS // Faculty
Political Science // Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: BRNG 2216G
  • Office Phone: (765) 494-0738
  • Office Fax: (765) 494-0833
  • Office Hours: Spring 2018: By appointment
  • E-mail: mccannj@purdue.edu
  • Courses

  • Fall 2017
    POL 501 – Introduction to Political Methodology
    POL 610 – Core Readings Seminar in U.S. Politics

    Spring 2017
    POL 101 - American Government and Politics
    POL 493 - Data Driven Approach to Policy Making

    Fall 2016
    POL 373 - Campaigns and Elections
    POL 501 - Political Science: Methodology

    Spring 2016
    POL 493 - Data Driven Approach to Policy Making
    POL 606 - Maximum Likelihood Estimation

    Fall 2015
    POL 610 - American Politics

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

  • Specialization

  • American Politics
    Comparative 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 and 2016 Latino Immigrant National Election Studies” (LINES).

     Selected Publications

    “Partisanship by Invitation: Immigrants Respond to Political Campaigns,” Journal of Politics. 78:4, October, 2016. With Katsuo Nishikawa Chávez.

    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.

     “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


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