Curriculum Vitae

Matthew A. Childers

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science and Public Administration

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive

Building 51, Room 2404

Jacksonville, FL 32224

m.childers@unf.edu

Office: 904-620-1928

EDUCATION

2012                Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, San Diego

2002                M.P.P., Specialization in Public Finance, The University of Chicago

2000                B.A., Political Science, The University of Chicago

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

2014-               Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of North Florida

2012-2014       Honors Teaching Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Georgia

2012                Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Political Engagement, Campaigns and Voting Behavior, Presidential Elections, The Presidency, Political Psychology, and Direct Democracy

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

2014                “Campaigns and the Mitigation of Framing Effects on Voting Behavior: A Natural and Field Experiment,” Political Behavior with Michael Binder and Natalie Johnson

2014                “Population Health Concerns During the United States’ Great Recession.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2014, with Benjamin M. Althouse, Jon-Patrick Allem, Mark Dredze, and John W. Ayers.

2012                “Engaged by the Initiative? How the Use of Citizen Initiatives Increases Voter Turnout.” Political Research Quarterly, 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1065912910388191, with Michael Binder.

2012                “Novel Surveillance of Psychological Distress During the Great Recession.” Journal of Affective Disorders, 2012, with John W. Ayers, Benjamin M. Althouse, Jon-Patrick Allem, Waleed Zafar, Carl Latkin, Kurt M. Ribisl, and John S. Brownstein.

Other Publications

The Differential Effects of Initiatives and Referenda on Voter Turnout in the United States, 1890-2008,” Chapman University Law Review, with Michael Binder. PDF

MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS

“Is All Politics Local? Ignorance and Voting in National and Local Elections” with Michael Binder and Colleen Hampsley, currently under review.

“Gender Disparity in Housing Policy” with Michael Binder, Andrew Hopkins, and Colleen Hampsley, currently under review.

“Uncertainty, Candidate Evaluations, and Voting in Open-Seat Presidential Elections”

 “Learning About Presidents In the Era of Softer News”

“Partisanship and Presidential Evaluations: A Closer Look at How Americans Evaluate Presidents”

“The Introduction of Radio and Television on Voter Turnout in the States”

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2016                “Is All Politics Local? Political Knowledge of National and Local Knowledge.” Presented at the 2016 Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 2016, with Michael Binder, Andrew Hopkins, and Colleen Hampsley.

2015                “Conditional Retrospective Voting in Presidential Elections: The Plight of the Incumbent Party Candidates in Open Seat Elections.” Presented at the 2015 Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2015

2014                “Engaged by the Proposition? The Relative Effects of Citizen Initiatives and Referenda on Voter Turnout,” presented at the 2014 Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, with Michael Binder

2013                “Partisanship and Presidential Evaluations: A Closer Look at How Americans Evaluate Candidates,” presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 11-14.

2012                “The Public’s Awareness of Vice Presidents and Their Policies in Successor Elections,” presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Orlando, Florida, January 3-5 and at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, August 30-September 2, 2012.

 2012                “Campaigns and the Mitigation of Framing Effects on Voting Behavior,” 2012 Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA (with Mike Binder and Natalie Johnson).

2011                “Learning About Presidents in the Cable Era: How Americans are Aware of the President and His Policies Today as they were in the Golden Age of Television,” 2011 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, WA

2011                “It’s Not Always the Economy: How Foreign Policy Matters in Presidential Elections as Often as the Economy,” 2011 Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, IL.

2011                “Engaged by the Proposition: The Effects of Initiatives and Referenda on Voter Turnout,” 2011 Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, IL (with Mike Binder).

2010                “Engaged by Direct Democracy: The Effects of Initiatives and Referenda on Voter Turnout in the States, 1870-2008,” 2010 Meetings of the Western Political Science Association in San Francisco, CA, and the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, IL (with Michael Binder).

2009                “The President as a Focal Point in Congressional Elections,” 2009 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2008                “Presidential Campaign Intensity and Engagement in Congressional Elections,” 2008 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA.

2008                “Targeted Political Advertising and Political Engagement,” 2008 Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL and the State Politics and Policy Conference, Philadelphia, PA, May, 2008 (with Samuel L. Popkin).

2007                “Has Media Circus Ruined Our Daily Bread?” 2007 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL (with Samuel L. Popkin).

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

University of North Florida

Parties, Campaigns, and Elections

Issues in State and Local Government

The American Presidency

Senior Seminar (Capstone Course)

Congress and Legislative Procedures

Introduction to American Government

Local Administration (MPA Program)

 

University of Georgia

Introduction to American Government

Introduction to Political Science

Electoral Behavior (Honors and Regular Upper Division)

 

University of California, San Diego

Introduction to American Government

The Presidency

American Political Films

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Reviewer for American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, PLOS ONE, PS: Political Science and Politics, Perspectives on Politics

DEPARTMENTAL AND UNIVERSITY SERVICE

University of North Florida

  • Political Science Committee-Dept. of Political Science and Public Administration
  • Academic Programs Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, 2015-2016
  • Faculty Advisor: UNF College Democrats, UNF College Republicans
  • Appearances on Action News 47/Action News 30, First Coast News, WJCT-FM’s First Coast         Connect

University of Georgia

Appeared on WUGA-TV 2012 Election Night Coverage

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Political Science Association

Midwest Political Science Association

Southern Political Science Association

American Association of Public Opinion Researchers

 

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