I am an associate professor of political science at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. I teach courses on American political behavior, political parties, campaigns and elections, interest groups, political participation, and political theory. My primary field of research is campaign finance, but I have written on a variety of other subjects, including congressional politics and elections, redistricting, and various aspects of jury service. I recently published a book on congressional primary challenges, and I am currently completing another book on the history of congressional primaries. In 2011 I published a book analyzing the effect of campaign finance reform laws on US and Canadian interest groups. I also am the director of the Worcester Campaign Finance Project.
I have taught at Clark since 2005. Before that, I taught at Swarthmore College and I worked as a research fellow at the Campaign Finance Institute, as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, and as a research associate at the American Judicature Society. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, received my B.A from Carleton College, and received my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
This website contains pages for my larger ongoing research projects, my vita, and syllabi for my recent classes. I have provided links here for all of my ungated published work. If you have an interest in additional materials, please contact me at rboatright (at) clarku.edu.