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Michael D. Martinez


Ph.D, Michigan, 1985


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Professor Martinez’s broad research interests include the relationships between partisanship, issue preferences, and vote choice, as well as the causes and consequences of voter participation. His work on the socialization and reinforcement of Canadian partisanship has been supported by a grant from the Canadian Embassy, and has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Political Science and the American Journal of Political Science. He has also worked with Ken Wald comparing the effects of religious attitudes on political attitudes across national boundaries.  His current research interests (with Jeff Gill) include an examination of how much (or little) variations in turnout matter to the outcome of elections, using simulations based on multinomial models of candidate choice and abstention. He is also engaged in ongoing projects with Steve Craig on the role of ambivalence in shaping public opinion and voter choice. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Calgary in 1994, and has been a visiting professor several times at the University of British Columbia. He has co-authored articles and conference papers with several graduate students, including David Hill, Tad Delegal, Jason Gainous, and Katrina Schochet. Professor Martinez teaches graduate seminars in Conduct of Inquiry and Political Behavior.