Robert Boatright

Robert G. Boatright
Associate Professor of Political Science, Clark University

Robert G. Boatright is Professor of Political Science at Clark University and the Director of Research at the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) at the University of Arizona.  His research focuses on the effects of campaign and election laws on the behavior of politicians and interest groups, with a particular focus on primary elections and campaign finance laws and practices.  He is the author or editor of six books, including Getting Primaried:  The Causes and Consequences of Congressional Primary Challenges (University of Michigan Press, 2013); Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Reform in the United States and Canada (University of Michigan Press, 2011); and the edited volume The Deregulatory Moment?  A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws (University of Michigan Press, 2016). 


B.A., Carleton College (1992). M.A., University of Chicago, (1994). Ph.D., University of Chicago, (1999).


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Relevant citations: 

Robert G. Boatright, editor.  The Deregulatory Moment?  A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws

Robert G. Boatright and Molly B. Flynn, “The Poverty of ‘Corruption’:  Confusions and Disagreements about the Rotten in Politics”