The research, scholarship and dialogue facilitated by the Center on American Politics is made possible by the dedicated work of our team of professors, research associates and affiliated faculty. Get to know them below, and learn how they contribute to our mission of understanding American politics and advancing positive policy solutions.
Seth Masket is a professor of political science and director of the Center on American Politics. His research focuses on political parties, state legislatures, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of Learning from Loss: The Democrats 2016-2020 (Cambridge University Press), The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How they Weaken Democracy (Oxford University Press), and No Middle Ground: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures (University of Michigan Press). Masket is a contributor to FiveThirtyEight and the Mischiefs of Faction blog. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and The New York Times.
Sam Kamin joined the faculty at the Sturm College of Law in 1999, and is the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy. He holds both a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Kamin's research interests include criminal procedure, death penalty jurisprudence, federal courts, and constitutional remedies. He is a co-author of Investigative Criminal Procedure: A Contemporary Approach and Cases and Materials on the Death Penalty. He has become one of the nation's leading experts on the regulation of marijuana; in 2012 he was appointed to Governor John Hickenlooper's Task Force to Implement Amendment 64 and the ACLU of California's blue-ribbon panel to study marijuana legalization.
Lisa Martinez is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, and a core faculty member of the DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES)--an interdisciplinary program dedicated to conducting research on Latina/o communities in Denver and the Rocky Mountain West. She studies the impact of immigration policies on the social, economic, and political well-being of Latina/o communities as well as educational, health-related, and job market outcomes among Latinas/os and immigrants. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary project with her DULCCES colleagues on the pathways to mobility among Latino and immigrant youth.
Lynn Schofield Clark is a professor and chair in the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies, and the director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media. She is the author of The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age; From Angels to Aliens, Religion, Media, and the Marketplace; and Media, Home, and Family. She is a blog contributor for Psychology Today. Clark has been a visiting fellow at the Digital Ethnography Research at RMIT, Australia (2014), visiting professor at the University of Copenhagan, Denmark (2014), and was named the 2012 University of Denver Service Learning Faculty of the Year.
Susan Schulten is a professor in the Department of History, and has taught at the University of Denver since 1996. She is the author of Mapping the Nation: history and cartography in nineteenth-century America, and The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950. Schulten earned her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her research on maps. In 2013, the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association awarded Mapping the Nation the Hundley Prize for the most distinguished work of history written by a scholar in the American or Canadian west. Since 2010, Schulten has contributed to the "Disunion" series in The New York Times, which commemorates the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Christopher Celaya
Christopher Celaya is the Center's postdoctoral scholar for 2020-22. Chris studies how deliberation affects political knowledge and decision-making. He holds a recent PhD in political science from Harvard University, and has just completed a research fellowship with the Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative at Harvard University.
Kimberly Chiew is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Motivation, Affect, & Cognition Lab. Her research deals with cognitive and affective neuroscience. Her research project this year is focused specifically on the 2020 presidential election, examining how people's emotions are affected by election night results and how those responses are influenced by people's level of surprise about the election outcome.
Michael Nalick is an assistant professor in the Department of Management at the Daniels College of Business. His research focuses on corporate misconduct, the intersection of politics and business, and CEO activism. During his time as a faculty affiliate, he is working on understanding the campaign donation patterns of business firms and how those patterns have adapted to a hyper-partisan political environment.
Sara Chatfield is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the development of married women's economic rights in U.S. state courts, legislatures, and constitutional conventions in the 1800s and early 1900s. She also conducts research on political behavior (including various aspects of political participation and vote choice) and American political development (including congressional politics and analysis of historical polling data).
Laurel Eckhouse is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Denver. She studies the politics of criminal justice, racial and ethnic politics, political methodology, and public law in the United States. Professor Eckhouse is at work on a book manuscript on the politics of racial inequality in policing. At DU, she teaches classes on research methods, political institutions, and racial and ethnic politics.
Nancy Wadsworth is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. She teaches a variety of courses including Early Modern and Contemporary Political Theory, American Political Thought and Development, Social Movements and Grassroots Activism, American Religious Politics and Indigenous People's Politics, and Political Forgiveness. She received her doctorate degree from The New School for Social Research. Her areas of expertise include American political culture, social movements, politics of race and religion, political theory, and reconciliation and forgiveness processes.
Joshua Wilson is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. His areas of expertise include Law and Society, Social Movements, Abortion Politics, American Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties, Lawyers and the Legal Profession, American Conservative Politics. Wilson's research concerns the varying abilities of political and social movements to use law--broadly defined--in the pursuit of political ends. He has a doctorate in Jurisprudence & Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Portions of his academic work have been published in Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, and Studies in Law, Politics, & Society, and his research has been discussed in Time Magazine, The Deseret News, The Guardian (UK), Macleans (CAN), and on NPR & PRI.