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Michael joined the political science department at Denison in the fall of 2009. Prior to moving to Granville where he lives with his wife, Michelle, and daughter Mirabelle, he was a political science major and math minor at Davidson College, a former admissions counselor, doctoral student at Duke University.

Mike's research interests lie in American politics and political institutions, with a focus on the contemporary U.S. Congress and the factors that influence member behavior, coalitions of legislators, and legislative outcomes. Much of this work relates to furthering our understanding of the role parties, leaders, polarization, committees, and electoral forces play in congressional politics. His agenda also engages broader issues of how elites, parties, and groups strategize, represent, and wield power as well as the causes, consequences, and future directions of polarization and effective representation in the U.S.

Mike teaches a variety of courses in American Politics including introduction to American Politics, Politics of Congress, Constitutional Law, Research Methods, Campaigns & Elections, and Political Psychology. In 2017 he will also offer courses in Denison's new Data Analytics Major starting with Intro to Data Analytics. An active academic advisor and mentor, Mike regularly advises student's in independent research as summer scholars, senior researchers, and academic fellows.

In addition to his teaching and research, Mike also serves as the faculty advisor to Denison's student government association (DCGA), student senate, and executive committee. In addition to a variety of other service commitments on campus, he is currently a faculty representative on the Selection, Enrollment, and Retention Committee (SERC), a member of the Data Analytics program committee, and faculty coordinator of the Babcock Lecture Series. Mike is also a former chair of the Information Technology Committee.

B.A., Davidson College; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

Learning & Teaching

  • Introduction to American Politics (POSC 110)
  • Analyzing Politics (POSC 201)
  • Politics of Congress (POSC 307)
  • Campaigns & Elections (POSC 309)
  • Constitutional Law (POSC 374)
  • Senior Seminars -- currently focused on Political Psychology (POSC 491)
  • Intro to Data Analytics (DA 101)




Selected Publications:

Brady, Michael C. and Paul A. Djupe. 2016. “Assessing citizen views of interest group alliances.” Interest Groups & Advocacy. 5(3): 301-326. doi: 10.1057/s41309-016-0001-x. (gated link)

Brady, Michael C. and Daniel J. Lee. 2014. “Another tool in the party toolbox? Tracing the strategic expansion of committee size in the US House 1947-2010.” Party Politics. OnlineFirst: 1-13. (gated link)

Aldrich, John, Michael C. Brady, Scott de Marchi, Ian McDonald, Brendan Nyhan, David Rohde, and Michael Tofias. 2008. “Party and Constituency in the U.S. Senate, 1933-2004” in Why Not Parties? Nathan W. Monroe, Jason M. Roberts, and David Rohde, eds., Chicago: University of Chicago Press.



Student Collaborations

Recent collaborations:

Motivating Corporations to do Good: The Role of Governmental Pressure in the Adoption of CSR” by Maggie Burnside. 2012.

Conditions for Environmental Reform: Committee Cases from the U.S. House, 1981-2010” by Nicki Jimenez. 2012.

Nationalized Elections and their Consequences: Understanding the Role of Party Spending in Midterm Loss” by Ian Shapiro. 2013.

Social Media and Voting: How Voting is Impacted in the Age of Technology” by Brittany Bower. 2015.

From Grassroots to the Chamber Floor: The Tea Party’s Effect on the U.S. House of Representatives” by Sam Fleuter, 2012 summer scholar.

Combating Party Polarization” by Christina Bazak, 2011-12 Fellow for the Center for the Study of Presidency and Congress.

Profiles in Courage and Circumstance: The party switches of Senators Harry Byrd Jr. and Jim Jeffords to Independence” by Sydni Franks, 2012-13 Fellow for the Center for the Study of Presidency and Congress.

Scheduling for the Election: Strategic Agenda Setting by House Majority Leaders” by Meghan Pearce, 2014-15 Fellow for the Center for the Study of Presidency and Congress.

Who’s Represented at the Polls? Investigating the Role of Personal Economics in Voting and Public Opinion” by Gabe Murray as 2015 summer scholar.

Congress Has a Major PR Problem: The Causes and Consequences of Discontent with the U.S. Congress” by Katie Elia, 2016 summer scholar.