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Ross Butters

Education

  • PhD, Political Science, University of California, Davis (expected June 2020)
  • MA, Political Science, University of California, Davis (2019)
  • BA, Political Science, The Ohio State University (2013)

About

Primary Field: American Politics

Secondary Field: Comparative Politics 

Research Focus

My dissertation focuses on the impact of social factors on individual political attitudes and behavior. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how the composition of political communication networks, and the information therein, influences political attitudes and participation of individuals. I also examine what contextual factors influence the composition of these networks. My larger research agenda encompasses political participation, behavior, psychology, polarization, and partisan sorting. My current works focus on how political information is communicated between individual voters. I am most interested in how political discourse and disagreement are sustained in the mass public. 

Selected Publications

"Polarized Networks? New Evidence on American Voters' Political Communication Under Networks" Invited to Revise & Resubmit at Political Behavior (with Christopher Hare)

Butters, Ross and Christopher Hare. 2017. "Three-fourths of Americans regularly talk politics only with members of their own political tribe" The Washington Post. (May 1, 2017)

Awards

Leaders for the Future Fellowship: Creating Leaders Through Scholarship, Fellowships Business Skills, and Innovation, Summer 2019-Summer 2020

UC-Davis Political Science Dept. Travel Award, PolNet 2015, MPSA 2016 MPSA 2017, APSA 2017, MPSA 2018, MPSA 2019, $3000

Political Networks Travel Fellowship Award, Summers 2015, 2017, 2018, $2300

UC-Davis Humanities Institute Reading Group Award, Fall 2016, $300

UC-Davis Political Science Dept. Summer Methods Travel Award, ICPSR 2015, PolNet 2017, $2000

Summer Research Stipend, Summer 2015, $5000

First Year Graduate Student Fellowship, Fall 2014, $6000

Research Distinction and Independent Study, Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University. Adviser: Janet Box-Stefensmeier

Undergraduate Research Grant, Social and Behavioral Sciences, "The Secret to Secret Senate Holds: Historical Analysis and Quantification of the Impact of Holds", 2013, $1000

Undergraduate Research Office Summer Fellow, "The Secret to Secret Senate Holds: Historical Analysis and Quantification of the Impact of Holds" 2012, $2800

Undergraduate Research Grant, Social and Behavioral Sciences, "The Secret to Secret Senate Holds: Historical Analysis and Quantification of the Impact of Holds", 2012, $1000

Undergraduate Research Scholarship Arts and Sciences (OSU), 2012, $4500

Lyndon Baines Johnson Research Travel Grant recipient 2012, $2060

National Buckeye Scholar, 2009-2013, $7200 annually

Trustees Scholarship, 2009-2013, $1050 annually