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Michael S. Kowal

Michael S. Kowal

Professional Title: 

Digital Humanities and Computational Studies Fellow in Social Science, Bowdoin College
Teaching Associate

Office: 

Thompson 6

Email: 

Office Hours: 

Fall 2015: TBA

Degree: 

University of Massachusetts, M.A. Political Science Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, B.A. History, English

Bio: 

My research interests include legislative institutions, with a focus on Congress and state legislatures, public opinion, elections, public law and public policy formation. After receiving a BA from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in History and English, I worked in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. My current research projects focus on the social influences in campaign finance and lobbying, particularly among corporations. I also conduct research in Congressional elections, state politics, Congress, public opinion, voting, and Latino politics,. I utilize a variety of methods in my work, including time-series, panel data econometrics, network analysis, topic modeling, automated text analysis, and simulation modeling. My research has appeared in the American Journal of Polical Science and Social Networks.

I teach Research Methods, Intro to Constitutional Law, Money in Politics, and Junior-Year Writing

Interests:

My research interests include legislative institutions, with a focus on Congress and state legislatures, public opinion, elections, public law and public policy formation. After receiving a BA from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in History and English, I worked in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. My current research projects include studies of minority voting patterns, political networks in the United States Senate, the evolution of campaign finance donor networks, topic modeling, and Congressional voting patterns. I utilize a variety of methods in my work, including time-series, panel data econometrics, network analysis, topic modeling, automated text analysis, and advanced quantitive analysis. I will be teaching Research Methods and Statistics for Political And Social Science during the Winter 2014 session.

Education: 
University of Massachusetts, M.A. Political Science Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, B.A. History, English

Current Projects: 
"The Senate Press Events Network" with Bruce Desmarais, Brian Schaffner, and Vin Moscardelli "African-American Candidates and the Role of Racial Resentment Among Latino Voters in the 2010 Congressional Election" "Tea Party Support the Supreme Court: An Comparison of Institutional Support" "Perceptions of Commonality Among Latinos: Accounting for Political Factors" "Succeeding Where Franklin Failed: Canada's Northern Identity and Arctic Foreign Policy"

Graduation Year: 

2015

Program: 

  • Political Science