Amber Wichowsky

Assistant Professor of Political Science. Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010.

Amber Wichowsky is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her teaching and research specializations include electoral behavior, public policy, urban politics, public opinion, and research methods. Her dissertation, The Competition Cure? The Consequences of Competitive Elections, examined whether efforts to make congressional elections more competitive are warranted, and was awarded the Carl Albert Award for best dissertation in legislative studies by the American Political Science Association in 2011. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University's Center for the Study of American Politics. She previously worked on community and economic development policy and performance management initiatives at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Amber's publications include articles on voter turnout, campaign finance reform, legislative representation, presidential primaries, and an award-winning article on the civic implications of public policy evaluation. Her ongoing projects look at the effects of unemployment on voting participation (with Barry Burden, UW-Madison) and how residential segregation conditions local civic engagement. With Jessica Chen Weiss (Yale) she is examining how congressional campaigns in recent elections have shaped US-China policymaking. She is also an occasional source for media coverage of electoral politics, including CNN, NPR, Fox News and several local news outlets.





Select Publications

Dowling, Conor, and Amber Wichowsky. 2013. “Does it Matter Who’s Behind the Curtain? The Rise of Anonymity in Political Advertising.” American Politics Research, forthcoming.

Wichowsky, Amber. 2012. “District Complexity and the Personal Vote.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 37(4): 437-464.

Wichowsky, Amber. 2012. “Competition, Party Dollars and Income Bias in Voter Turnout, 1980-2008.” Journal of Politics 74(2): 446-459.

Wichowsky, Amber, and Sarah Niebler. 2010. “Narrow Victories and Hard Games: Revisiting the Primary Divisiveness Hypothesis.”  American Politics Research 38:1052-1071.

Burden, Barry C., and Amber Wichowsky. 2010. “The Promise of Congressional Elections” in The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior, ed. Jan E. Leighley. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 453-470. 

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