Department of Political Science

Christopher M. Parker

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Political Science
Social and Behavioral Science Building, 7th Floor
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, New York 11794-4392

Office: N-734
E-mail:cmparker@ic.sunysb.edu


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Education
B.A., Political Science, Colgate University, 2005
M.A., Political Science, Stony Brook University, 2008
Ph.D., Political Science, Stony Brook University, in progress (expected finish in 2011)

Research Interests
American Political Institutions, Judicial Politics, Congress and inter-branch politics, State and Local Politics

Teaching Interests
Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, American Government and Institutions, Judicial Politics, Inter-branch Politics and Federalism, Political Parties, Research design and methodology

Dissertation
Title:  “Patterns and Consequences of Supreme Court Decision Making on Federalism Cases”
Committee:  Jeffrey A. Segal (Chair), Matthew J. Lebo, Stanley Feldman and Brandon L. Bartels (outside member, George Washington University)

The so-called "Federalism Revolution" of the Rehnquist Court has sparked debate regarding the motivation for this change in Court behavior.  Competing theories describe the voting as based on legal considerations, influenced by institutional factors, or ideologically driven.  This project extends the period of analysis and adds to the research on ideological voting on the Supreme Court by considering the ideology of substantive policies as well as individual preferences for states’ rights or federal authority in federalism cases.  This conception of ideology allows me to analyze the influences of the different and sometimes competing ideological dimensions on the individual voting behavior in federalism cases and compare their effects to other legal and institutional variables.  

Working Papers/Papers Under Review
“Ideological Voting in Supreme Court Federalism Cases, 1953-2007”  (Revise and resubmit at Justice Systems Journal)

“Do Term Limits Matter: The Case of Gubernatorial Economic Policy” (Currently under review)

“Partisan Divisions in Attitudes Toward Executive Power: Comparing the Mass Public and
Executive Elites” with Brandon L. Bartels and Vicki M. Wilkins.

“Cooperation and Concurrences on the U.S. Supreme Court" with Andrew O’Geen

“Bureaucratic Accountability in Personal Vote Systems”

Conference Presentations
“Cooperation and Concurrences on the U.S. Supreme Court” with Andrew O’Geen.  Presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.

“Bureaucratic Accountability in Personal Vote Systems.”  Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.

“Partisan Divisions in Attitudes Toward Executive Power: Comparing the Mass Public and
Executive Elites” with Brandon L. Bartels.  Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.

“Do Term Limits Matter: The Case of Gubernatorial Economic Policy.”  Presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, and a later version at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Toronto, ON.

Teaching Experience
Instructor, Stony Brook University, Department of Political Science
-    POL 359: Public Policy Analysis, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010
-    POL 322: Presidency in the American Political System, Summer 2009
-    POL 325: Civil Liberties and Rights, Summer 2010
I will be teaching the following courses before leaving Stony Brook:
-    POL 502: Intermediate Statistics for Public Policy (Masters level), Fall 2010
-    POL 320: Constitutional Law and Politics, Spring 2011

Honors and Awards
2006 – Present: Department Fellowship, Stony Brook University, Department of Political
Science.
2010 – Dissertation Grant ($1000), Stony Brook University, Department of Political Science

Research Experience
Research Assistant to Rene Lindstaedt, Fall 2006, Spring 2007
Research Assistant to Brandon L. Bartels, Fall 2007, Spring 2008
Research Assistant to Matthew J. Lebo, Summer 2008

Professional Associations
American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association

References
Jeffrey A. Segal
Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4392
Jeffrey.Segal@StonyBrook.edu
(631) 632-7662

Matthew J. Lebo
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4392
mlebo@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
(631) 632-7554

Stanley Feldman
Professor
 Department of Political Science
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York 11794
Stanley.Feldman@sunysb.edu
(631) 632-9761

Brandon Bartels
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
George Washington University
2115 G St. NW, 440 Monroe Hall
Washington, DC 20052
Bartels.20@gmail.com