Public and International Affairs

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Michael P McDonald

Michael P McDonald

Michael P McDonald

Associate Professor

Voting behavior, redistricting, Congress, American political development political methodology

Dr. Michael P. McDonald is Assistant Professor of Government and Politics in the Public and International Affairs Department at George Mason University. He has published in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

On the practical side of politics, Professor McDonald collects data on voter turnout and supplies them to academics and the media through his website the United States Elecctions Project. He has worked on campaign staff for state legislative campaigns in California, has worked for national polling firms, and has worked as a redistricting consultant in Alaska, Arizona, California, and Michigan. Dr. McDonald received his BS in economics from California Institute of Technology and his PhD in political science from University of California, San Diego in 1999. He was awarded a one-year post- doctoral fellowship at the Harvard-MIT Data Center. He held a one-year Assistant Professor appointment at Vanderbilt University and was Assistant Professor of Political Studies at University of Illinois, Springfield before moving to George Mason University.

Current Research

McDonald is currently working on a book with Micah Altman and Jeff Gill entitled Statistical Computing for the Social Sciences. His current research on voter turnout shows that turnout has not been declining; the ineligible population is rising. This research has been featured in the popular press, and he provides voter turnout numbers to academia and the media.

Selected Publications

Micah Altman, Jeff Gill, and Michael P. McDonald. 2003. Statistical Computing for the Social Sciences. Wiley and Sons. Forthcoming.

Michael P. McDonald. 2003. "On the NES Over-Report Bias." Political Analysis. Forthcoming.

Michael P. McDonald and Samuel Popkin. 2001. "The Myth of the Vanishing Voter." American Political Science Review 95(4): 963-974.

Michael P. McDonald. 2002. "The Turnout Rate Among Eligible Voters for U.S. States, 1980-2000." State Politics and Policy Quarterly 2 (2).

Courses Taught

Research Methods

Public Opinion and Political Behavior

Introduction to American Politics

Congress, Race and Gender Politics

Internship Seminar