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Jordan M. Ragusa
Associate Professor of Political Science
College of Charleston


Jordan M. Ragusa
College of Charleston
Department of Political Science
114 Wentworth Street | Room 106
Charleston, S.C. 29401
Office: 843-953-5219


College of Charleston
Political Science Department
American Politics Research Team
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Thank you for visiting my webpage. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the College of Charleston. In addition, I direct the College's American Politics Research Team and am a research fellow in the Center for Public Choice and Market Process.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2011. My research and teaching focuses on American national institutions, quantitative methods, presidential and congressional elections, and political economy.

A copy of my curriculum vitae is available here.


At the College of Charleston, I teach classes in two fields: American politics and research methodology. Since 2011 I have taught the following courses: American Government, Congress, American Political Development, Public Opinion in American Politics, Parties and Polarization, Doing Research in Political Science, Analyzing American Politics (capstone), and Research Methodology for Public Administration (graduate).

Syllabi and other materials are available on my courses page.


I study the U.S. Congress, with specific interests in political parties, polarization, congressional organization, and roll-call behavior. My published work also includes research on the presidency (in particular legislative-executive interaction), congressional and presidential elections, and political economy.

My work has appeared in the journals Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Political Science, Research & Politics, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties. I am at work on a book manuscript (with Nate Birkhead) on when and why Congress repeals legislation.

Copies of my papers are available on my research page.


I have published over a dozen op-eds and editorials in outlets such as the Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Charleston's Post & Courier, and South Carolina's The State. I have appeared on NPR and have been quoted in outlets such as the New Yorker and USA Today.