Ryan L. Claassen
Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 2005I teach a variety of courses in the areas of quantitative research methods, American politics, and political behavior - at both the doctoral and undergraduate levels. Although I pursue a wide range of interesting empirical questions in my research, the common thread is political engagement - especially knowledge and participation. In my published and ongoing work, I investigate whether engagement shapes the capacity of individuals and groups of individuals in the American public to effectively contribute to public opinion and compete democratically. My work has appeared recently in American Politics Research, The Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, and Political Research Quarterly. Also I was recently awarded a $40,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation (Chicago, IL) to begin work on a project entitled, "New Media, Civic Learning, and Civic Action Among Young People" (with J. Quin Monson, Grant #201100076).
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