Brian F. Schaffner umass



I am a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a faculty associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. My research focuses on public opinion, campaigns and elections, political parties, and legislative politics. I am co-author of the book Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail. I am Co-Editor of the book Winning with Words: The Origins & Impact of Political Framing, co-author of Understanding Political Science Research Methods: The Challenge of Inference and author of Politics, Parties and Elections in America (7th edition). My research has appeared in over thirty journal articles and has received over $2 million in external funding.

I am also the Founding Director of the UMass Poll and a co-PI for the Cooperative Congressional Election Study.