The Department of Political Science
David R. Jones
Phone: (646) 312-4418
Location: VC 5-281
Professor Jones (MA, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles) specializes in American politics, the U.S. Congress, and methodology. He is the author of Political Parties and Policy Gridlock in American Government (Mellen 2001) and coauthor of Americans, Congress, and Democratic Responsiveness: Public Evaluations of Congress and Electoral Consequences (Michigan, 2009). His research has been published in scholarly journals such as The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Polity, PS: Political Science and Politics and Public Opinion Quarterly. Professor Jones is also a faculty member of the Political Science Program at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. During election seasons he has served as an exit poll analyst for the New York Times and for CBS News.
Curriculum Vitae (February 2017)
Americans, Congress, and Democratic Responsiveness: Public Evaluations of Congress and Electoral Consequences (with Monika L. McDermott) Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press, 2009, 2010. [Perspectives review] (Popular press coverage: Washington Post, The Monkey Cage, Huffington Post)
Political Parties and Policy Gridlock in American Government. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2001 . [LSS review]
Selected Journal Articles:
2015. “Partisan Polarization and the Effect of Congressional Performance Evaluations on Party Brands and American Elections.” Political Research Quarterly 68(4): 785-801. [data]
2015. "Declining Trust in Congress: Effects of Polarization and Consequences for Democracy." The Forum 13(3): 375–394.
2014. “A More Responsible Two-Party System? Accountability for Majority and Minority Party Performance in a Polarized Congress.” Polity 46(3): 470-492.
2013. “Do Major Policy Enactments Affect Public Evaluations of Congress? The Case of Health Care Reform.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 38(2): 185-204.
2011. “The Salience of the Democratic Congress and the 2010 Elections” (with Monika L. McDermott). PS: Political Science and Politics 44(2): 297-301.
2010. “Evaluations of Congress and Voting in House Elections: Revisiting the Historical Record.” Public Opinion Quarterly 74(4): 696-710.
2010. “Partisan Polarization and Congressional Accountability in House Elections.” American Journal of Political Science 54(2): 323-337. (Popular press coverage: Washington Post, Newsweek, The Monkey Cage, Huffington Post)
2004. “The Responsible Party Government Model in House and Senate Elections” (with Monika L. McDermott). American Journal of Political Science 48(1): 1-12.
2003. “Position Taking and Position Avoidance in the U.S. Senate.” The Journal of Politics 65(3): 851-863.
2001. “Party Polarization and Legislative Gridlock.” Political Research Quarterly 54(1): 125-141.
Selected Works in Progress