John G. Geer

John G. Geer is Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. Geer received his BA from Franklin and Marshall College in 1980 and his PhD from Princeton University in 1986. From 1986 to 1995, he taught at Arizona State University.

Geer is the author of "From Tea Leaves to Opinion Polls," "Nominating Presidents," and editor of "Politicians and Party Politics." He has also published articles on elections, campaigns, and public opinion, including an essay about the real meaning of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

Geer's current research focuses on attack politics in presidential campaigns and democratic governance. Unlike most pundits and political commentators, Geer contends that negativity in campaigns play an important, and largely underappreciated, role in advancing democratic politics.