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Seth Masket

  • Seth Masket

    Seth Masket

Associate Professor and Chair
Sturm Hall, Room 469
Fall 2015 Office Hours: T, 1-2pm; W, 9-10am
Phone: 303-871-2718
Personal website

Areas of expertise/research interests

American politics, state and local politics (including state legislatures), political parties, campaigns and elections, polarization, social networks, political reform movements

Professional biography

Seth Masket is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Denver.

After receiving his BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991, Masket worked as a senior writer in the White House Office of Correspondence and as a direct mail consultant on several political campaigns in the mid-1990s.


PhD, political science, University of California at Los Angeles, 2004
MA, campaign management, The George Washington University, 1996
BA, political science, University of California at Berkeley, 1991


No Middle Ground: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures , University of Michigan Press, 2009.

"A Theory of Political Parties: Groups, Policy Demands, and Nominations in American Politics," Perspectives on Politics, 2012, vol. 10, iss. 3 (with Kathleen Bawn, Marty Cohen, David Karol, Hans Noel, and John Zaller).

"One Vote out of Step? The Effects of Salient Roll Call Votes in the 2010 Election," American Politics Research, 2012 (with Brendan Nyhan, Eric McGhee, John Sides, and Steven Greene).

"527 Committees and the Political Party Network," American Politics Research, 2012, Vol. 40, Iss. 1, 60-84 (with Richard Skinner and David Dulio).

"Serving Two Masters: Using Referenda to Assess Partisan versus Dyadic Legislative Representation," Political Research Quarterly, 2011 (with Hans Noel).

"Academics Outside the Academy," The Forum, 2010, Vol. 8: Iss. 3, Article 7.

"The Circus That Wasn't: The Republican Party's Quest for Order in the 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall," State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 2011, Vol. 11, Iss. 2, 123-47.

"Did Obama's Ground Game Matter? The Influence of Local Field Offices During the 2008 Presidential Election," Public Opinion Quarterly, 2009, 73: 1023-1039.

"Partisan Webs: Information Exchange and Party Networks," British Journal of Political Science, 2009 (with Gregory Koger and Hans Noel).

"Where You Sit is Where You Stand: The Impact of Seating Proximity on Legislative Cue-Taking," Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 2008, 3: 301-311.

"It Takes an Outsider: Extra-legislative Organization And Partisanship In The California Assembly, 1849-2006," The American Journal of Political Science, 2007, 51: 482-497.