Erik D. Heidemann is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, having joined the faculty of Kent State in the autumn of 2012. A native of Idaho, he earned his B.A. and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Boise State University, and completed a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. Dr. Heidemann studies political parties, elections, and mass political behavior using a variety of quantitative methods. His doctoral dissertation, New Voters in American Elections: Participation, Partisan Mobilization, and the Future of Representative Democracy, examines the demography, attitudes, and political behavior of new voters over the 2004-2006-2008 electoral time span using both cross-sectional and longitudinal data. The study not only affirms the importance of interpersonal mobilization in facilitating the repeat involvement of novice voters, but also suggests the political parties are the institutions most capable of performing this vital service, and stand to benefit more handsomely by nudging new voters, instead of their more experienced counterparts, to the polls. This, it is concluded, has great potential to sustain and reinvigorate the democratic system of government in America.
Dr. Heidemann’s current work focuses on elite decision-making in presidential nominations, the role of legislative party “voter contracts” on electoral outcomes, the changing nature of grassroots mobilization of the electorate, and mass-based restrictive attitudes towards electoral participation. He teaches undergraduate courses in American Politics, Political Research Methods, Congress, Political Parties & Interest Groups, and Public Opinion.
Dr. Heidemann thinks the best film in the history of cinema is The Big Lebowski, and the greatest rock band of all time is Queen.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
(co-authored with Paul Allen Beck) "Changing Strategies of Grassroots Canvassing: 1956-2012." Party Politics (forthcoming).
American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Southern Political Science Association
American Association of University Professors-KSU Chapter
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