Rebecca Morton


Rebecca Morton is a professor of politics at New York University. A Louisiana native, she received her MPA from Louisiana State University and her PhD from Tulane University. Substantively her research has focused on the electoral process, with a particular emphasis on the effects of different electoral institutions on electoral outcomes and the choices of candidates and voters. Her book, coauthored with Kenneth Williams, Learning by Voting: Sequence in Presidential Primaries and Other Elections (University of Michigan Press, 2001), addresses the effects of voting sequentially (as in presidential primaries in the United States or in elections with substantial mail-in and absentee voting) on the choices voters make and the candidates who win.

Methodologically, Morton has considered the complexity of empirical evaluation of formal models in the discipline of political science as well as used and advocated the use of laboratory experiments in such evaluations in her book, Methods and Models: A Guide to the Empirical Analysis of Formal Models in Political Science (Cambridge University Press, 1999). Both her methodological and substantive research have appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Law and EconomicsReview of Economics and StatisticsEconomics and Politics, and Social Choice and Welfare.

She has just completed a forthcoming text for advanced undergraduates and graduate students on the American Electoral Process for W.W. Norton Press and is currently in the process of completing a volume on Laboratory Experimental Methods with Kenneth Williams. Currently she is continuing her research on candidate nomination procedures by considering the causes and consequences of the expansion of direct voter involvement in party nominations worldwide. She is also expanding her experimental research on the behavior of voters in the electoral process.

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