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Jill Rickershauser Carvalho Assistant Professor SPA: Government

Ph.D., Political Science Duke University
M.A., Political Science Duke University
B.A., Government Smith College

Languages Spoken
Some, but not enough, Portuguese
Book Currently Reading
The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard
Jill Rickershauser just joined the AU community in the Fall of 2008. She feels very fortunate to begin her faculty career at a university with such engaged students and in such an exciting city.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Rickershauser’s research focuses on the effects of campaigns and elections on people’s political knowledge, participation, voting behavior, and opinions. Her work includes analysis of candidate appearances during presidential elections, the political effects of Facebook, and political prediction markets. She is currently working on a number of projects, including an article on the effects of allegations of corruption in the 2006 congressional elections and a book manuscript that argues that the 2000 and 2004 campaigns were extremely similar in terms of voting behavior.

Work In Progress

  • 2000 + 9/11 = 2004: The Electoral Arithmetic of the 2004 Presidential Election, book project with John Aldrich and David Rohde;
  • Going Local: The Effects of Candidate Appearances on Voting Behavior;
  • Incidental Information Acquisition: College Students and Electronic Social Networks;
  • The Effects of Corruption Allegations on the 2006 Congressional Election;
  • Campaign Effects & Information Flow in the 2004 and 2008 Elections.

Selected Publications

  • Carvalho, Carlos M. and Jill Rickershauser. 2009. “Volatility in Prediction Markets: A Measure of Information in Political Campaigns.” Handbook of Applied Bayesian Analysis, eds. Tony O’Hagan and Mike West.
  • Rickershauser, Jill and John H. Aldrich. 2007. “’It’s the Electability, Stupid’ – or Maybe Not? Electability, Substance, and Strategic Voting in Presidential Primaries.” Electoral Studies, Vol. 26, No. 2, 371-380.
  • Abramson, Paul R., John H. Aldrich, Jill Rickershauser, and David W. Rohde. 2007. “Fear in the Voting Booth: The 2004 Presidential Election.” Political Behavior, Vol. 29, No. 2, 197-220.
  • Aldrich, John H., John D. Griffin, and Jill Rickershauser. 2005. “The Presidency and the Election Campaign: Altering Voters’ Priorities in the 2004 Election.” In The Presidency and the Political System, edited by Michael Nelson, Congressional Quarterly Press, Washington, DC.
  • Paletz, David and Jill Rickershauser. 2003. “Media, Violence and Terrorism in North America.” In Media, Violence and Terrorism, edited by S.T. Kwame Boafo and Sylvie Coudray, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.