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Michael Ritter.Michael Ritter

Assistant Professor Career Track

Office: Johnson Tower 815
Phone: 335-5451

Michael Ritter (Ph.D., 2017, University of Iowa) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs. His research and teaching interests include American politics, comparative politics, voting and elections, election administration, inequality, methodology, and public policy.  He is particularly interested in how election laws and election administration shape political participation. His recent book, Accessible Elections: How the States Can Help Americans Vote, examines how state convenience voting laws (absentee and mail voting, early voting, and same day registration) and election administration impact voter turnout, voter turnout equality by race and socio-economic status, and campaign mobilization.

Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.A., University of Iowa
B.S., University of Wisconsin-River Falls

American Politics, Comparative Politics, Methodology

Courses Taught:
American National Government
American Presidency
State and Local Politics
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Congress and State Legislatures
Judicial Process
Political Psychology
Public Opinion
Reforming America’s Electoral System
Voting and Elections

Selected Publications:
Ritter, Michael J., and Caroline Tolbert. 2021. Accessible Elections: How State Governments Can Help Americans Vote. Oxford University Press.

Ritter, Michael J., and Frederick Solt. 2019. “Economic Inequality and Campaign Participation.” Social Science Quarterly 100(3): 678-688.

Bianchi, Alison J., Alexander M. Ruch, Michael J. Ritter, and Ji Hye Kim. 2016. “Emotion Management: Unexpected Research Opportunities.” Sociology Compass 10(2): 172-183.