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Vote Smart cultivates a network of advisors who inform and substantiate the Project's work. Our advisors are leading experts in political research and journalism, and are from across the political spectrum. Together, they review every key vote selection, every bill summary, and every question presented to candidates through the Political Courage Test to ensure absolute nonpartisanship, relevance, clarity, and accuracy.

2013-2014 Advisors


Mrs. Jessica Arrigoni
Associate Researcher - Wisconsin Center for Education Research

Dr. Charles Barrilleaux
Professor, Department of Political Science - Florida State University

Dr. Justin Buchler
Associate Professor of Political Science - Case Western Reserve Universiy

Dr. Kyle Dell
Assistant Professor of Political Science - Guilford College

Dr. KC Johnson
Professor - Brooklyn College, The City University of New York

Dr. Noah Kaplan
Visiting Assistant Professor - University of Illinois- Chicago

Dr. Matt Levendusky
Associate Professor - University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Brian Newman
Assistant Professor - Pepperdine University

Dr. Christopher Simon
Associate Professor - University of Utah

Dr. Brent Steel
Director, Master of Public Policy Program - Oregon State University

Dr. Craig Volden
Professor - University of Virginia

Dr. Jonathan West
Director of MPA Program and Professor, Department of Political Science - University of Miami

Dr. Gerald Wright
Professor, Department of Political Science - Indiana University


Dr. Richard Fording
Associate Professor of Political Science - University of Alabama

Dr. Steve Stewart
Assistant Professor - Troy University


Dr. Paola Banchero
Department Chair - University of Alaska - Anchorage

Mr. Nathaniel Herz
Reporter - Alaska Dispatch

Prof. Glenn Wright
Professor - University of Alaska Southeast


Dr. Barbara Norrander
Professor of Political Science - University of Arizona

Dr. Sally Rider
Director, The William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government - University of Arizona

Mr. Hank Stephenson
Reporter - Arizona Capitol Times


Dr. Clay Arnold
Chair, Department of Political Science - University of Central Arkansas

Dr. Jay Barth
Department Chair - Hendrix College

Dr. Janine Parry
Professor - University of Arkansas

Dr. Karen Sebold
Clinical Assistant Professor - University of Arkansas


Dr. James Brent
Professor and Chair - San Jose State University

Dr. Thad Kousser
Associate Professor of Political Science - University of California at San Diego

Mr. Al Wagner
Director, Center for Kern Political Education - Bakersfield College

Dr. Kevin Wallsten
Assistant Professor - California State University at Long Beach


Dr. Seth Masket
Associate Professor - University of Denver

Dr. Stephen Roberds
Associate Professor of Government - Adams State College

Mr. Shaun Schafer
Assistant Professor - Metropolitan State College of Denver

Dr. John Straayer
Professor of Political Science - Colorado State University


Dr. Paul Herrnson
Professor - University of Connecticut

Dr. Paul Petterson
Professor of Political Science - Central Connecticut State University

Mr. Keith Phaneuf
Reporter - CT Mirror

Dr. William Salka
Professor of Political Science - Eastern Connecticut State University


Dr. Cynthia Newton
Professor of Political Science - Wesley College


Dr. Robert Crew
Professor and Director of the Masters in Applied American Politics and Policy Program - Florida State University

Dr. Donald Davison
Professor - Rollins College

Dr. Aubrey Jewett
Associate Department Chair - University of Central Florida

Dr. Deandre Poole
Instructor of Communication Studies - Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Richard Scher
Professor - University of Florida


Dr. Scott Ainsworth
Professor - University of Georgia

Dr. Robert Howard
Professor - Georgia State University

Dr. Jeffery Lazarus
Associate Professor - Georgia State University

Dr. Beth Reingold
Associate Professor - Emory Univeresity

Dr. Sharon Tracy
Professor - Georgia Southern University


Dr. Deborah Halbert
Professor - University of Hawaii at Manoa


Dr. Ross Burkhart
Associate Professor - Boise State University

Dr. Gary Moncrief
Professor - Boise State University

Dr. Stephen Shaw
Professor of Political Science - Northwest Nazarene University


Dr. Jeffrey Ashley
Department Chair - Eastern Illinois University

Dr. Keith Boeckelman
Professor - Western Illinois University

Dr. Janna Deitz
Associate Professor - Western Illinois University

Dr. Kelly LeRoux
Assistant Professor of Political Science - University of Illinois - Chicago

Mr. John Morris
Instructor of Political Science - Eastern Illinois University

Dr. Richard Wandling
Professor of Political Science - Eastern Illinois University

Mr. Jeff Williams
Station Manager and News & Public Affairs Director - WSIU Public Broadcasting


Mr. Dave Bangert
Editorial Page Editor - Journal and Courier

Dr. William Bianco
Professor - Indiana University

Dr. Andrew Downs
Director, Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics - Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Dr. Margie Hershey
Professor - University of Indiana at Bloomington

Dr. Chad Tew
Associate Professor - University of Southern Indiana


Dr. Kedron Bardwell
Professor - Simpson College

Dr. Christopher Larimer
Associate Professor - University of Northern Iowa

Dr. Tracy Osborn
Assistant Professor - University of Iowa

Dr. Arthur Sanders
Chair, Department of Politics - Drake University

Dr. Mack Shelley
Professor - Iowa State University


Dr. Bob Beatty
Associate Professor of Political Science - Washburn University

Dr. Nathaniel Birkhead
Assistant Professor - Kansas State University

Dr. Don Haider-Markel
Associate Professor of Political Science - University of Kansas

Mr. Mike Shields
Managing Editor - Kansas Health Institute News Service


Dr. Egbunam Amadife
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences Chair, Associate Professor of Political Science - Kentucky State University

Dr. Jasmine Farrier
Associate Professor - University of Louisville

Mr. David McFaddin
Adjunct Faculty - Eastern Kentucky University


Dr. Pearson Cross
Assistant Professor - University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Dr. Henry Sirgo
Professor - McNeese State University


Dr. John Baughman
Associate Professor - Bates College

Dr. Michael Franz
Assistant Professor of Government - Bowdoin College

Dr. Rob Glover
Assistant Professor - Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center


Mr Jan Alderton
Managing Editor - Cumberland Times News

Dr. Harry Basehart
Professor and Co-Director, PACE - Salisbury University

Dr. Cynthia Cooper
Chair and Associate Professor - Towson University

Dr. Todd Eberly
Assistant Professor - St. Mary's College of Maryland


Dr. John Berg
Government Department Chair - Suffolk University

Dr. Maurice Cunningham
Professor - University of Massachusetts at Boston

Dr. Shannon Jenkins
Assistant Professor of Political Science - University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


Dr. David Dulio
Department Chair, Department of Political Science - Oakland University


Dr. Darrell J. Downs
Political Science Department Chair - Winona State University

Mr. Randy Krebs
Opinion Page Editor - St. Cloud Times


Dr. Conor Dowling
Associate Professor - University of Mississippi

Dr. Tom Lansford
Assistant Professor of Political Science - University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast

Dr. Rick Travis
Professor - Mississippi State University

Dr. Jon Winburn
Assistant Professor - University of Mississippi


Dr. Brian Calfano
Associate Professor - Missouri State University

Dr James Endersby
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies - University of Missouri Columbia

Ms. Megan Lynch
Reporter - KMOX


Ms. Patricia Bellinghausen
Editorial Page Editor - Billings Gazette

Dr. Timothy Lehman
Professor of History and Poitical Science - Rocky Mountain College

Mr. Dennis Swibold
Professor of Journalism - University of Montana


Dr. Robert Amyot
Associate Professor - Hastings College

Dr. Paul Landow
Assistant Professor - University of Nebraska- Omaha


Dr. David Damore
Associate Professor - University of Nevada- Las Vegas

New Hampshire

Dr. Joseph Bafumi
Associate Professor - Dartmouth College

Dr. Chris Galdieri
Professor of Politics - Saint Anselm College

Dr. Russell Muirhead
Robert Clements Professor - Dartmouth College

Dr. Dante Scala
Associate Professor - University of New Hampshire

New Jersey

Dr. Daniel Bowen
Assistant Professor - The College of New Jersey

Dr. Brigid Harrison
Professor - Montclair State University

New Mexico

Dr. Kim Seckler
Associate Professor of Government - New Mexico State University

New York

Ms. Jody-Kleinburg Biehl
Adjunct Instructor - University at Buffalo, SUNY

Mr. Jay Jochnowitz
Editorial Page Editor - Times Union Capital Bureau

Dr. Christopher Malone
Associate Dean - Lehman College

Dr. Scott Minkoff
Assistant Professor of Political Science - SUNY New Paltz

Dr. Lisa Parshall
Associate Professor - Daemen College

Dr. Justin Phillips
Associate Professor - Columbia University

North Carolina

Dr. Michael Bitzer
Associate Professor - Catawba College

Dr. Steven Greene
Professor of Political Science - North Carolina State University

Dr. Michael Munger
Chair, Department of Political Science - Duke University

North Dakota

Dr. Dana Michael Harsell
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration - University of Nort h Dakota

Ms Jill Schramm
Staff Writer - Minot Daily News

Dr. Robert Wood
Associate Professor - University of North Dakota


Dr. Christine Anderson
Professor, History Department - Xavier University

Dr. Cryshanna Jackson
Assistant Professor - Youngstown State University

Dr. Joel Lieske
Professor - Cleveland State University

Mr. Doug Oplinger
Managing Editor - Akron Beacon Journal

Mr Darrel Rowland
Public Affairs Editor - The Columbus Dispatch


Dr. Richard Johnson
Professor of Political Science - Oklahoma City University


Dr. Mark Henckels
Professor - Western Oregon University

Dr. Brent King
Assistant Professor - Adams State College


Dr. Thomas Baldino
Professor of Political Science - Wilkes University

Dr. Robert Speel
Associate Professor, Political Science - Pennsylvania State University Erie (The Behrend College)

Rhode Island

Dr. June Speakman
Professor of Political Science and Public Administration - Roger Williams University

South Carolina

Dr. Scott Buchanan
Associate Professor of Political Science - The Citadel

Ms. Cindi Scoppe
Associate Editorial Page Editor - The State

Dr. Danielle Vinson
Associate Professor - Furman University

South Dakota

Dr. Heather Bart
Chair, Communications Department - Augustana College

Dr. Michael Card
Associate Professor - University of South Dakota


Dr. Dwight Brooks
Journalism Program Professor - Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Michael Fitzgerald
Chair of American Studies Department and Professor of Political Science - University of Tennessee

Mr Tom Humphrey
National Bureau Chief - Knoxville News Sentinel

Dr. Marcus Pohlmann
Professor of Political Science - Rhodes College


Dr. Tamara Bell
Lecturer - University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Jennifer Clark
Assistant Professor - University of Houston

Mr. John Gravois
Government Affairs Editor - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Dr. Keith Hamm
Professor - Rice University

Dr. Robert Lowry
Professor and Political Science Program Head - University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Bolanle Olaniran
Professor - Texas Tech University

Dr. Harvey Tucker
Professor - Texas A&M University


Dr. Adam Brown
Assistant Professor - Brigham Young University

Dr. Carol McNamara
Director, Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service - Weber State University

Dr. Edward Pease
Professor - Utah State University

Dr. Jeremy Pope
Assistant Professor - Brigham Young University

Dr. Chris Simon
Professor - University of Utah


Ms. Terri Hallenbeck
Reporter - Seven Days Press

Dr. Christopher McGrory Klyza
Professor - Middlebury College


Dr. Timothy LaPira
Assistant Professor - James Madison University

Dr. Daniel Palazzolo
Associate Professor of Political Science and Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs - University of Richmond

Dr. Craig Volden
Professor - University of Virginia


Mr. Jim Camden
Political Writer - Spokesman-Review

Dr. Cornell Clayton
Professor and Director of Public Policy and Public Service - Washington State University

Mr. Brad Shannon
Political Editor - The Olympian

West Virginia

Dr. Scott Crichlow
Assistant Professor of Political Science - West Virginia University

Dr. Joseph Robbins
Assistant Professor of Political Science - Shepherd University


Professor Barry Burden
Professor of Political Science - University of Wisconsin - Madison

Dr. Jeffrey Roberg
Chair of Political Science Department - Carthage College

Dr. Arnold Shober
Assistant Professor of Government - Lawrence University


Mr. Bob Beck
News Director - Wyoming Public Radio

Ms. Marguerite Herman
Activist - League of Women Voters

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