James Endersby

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Research Emphasis

My research agenda is broad but focuses on strategic decisions made by political actors, typically in a mass behavior setting.  Primarily, I am interesting in empirical applications of spatial models of political decision-making as this relates to voter participation in elections and in voter choice among candidates and parties on the ballot. Thus, my research agenda centers on real-world tests of formal theoretical models of why people behave the way they do. A first application to this are studies of the role of information on voter decisions.


James Endersby (Associate Professor) has been with the Department of Political Science since 1991. He received his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Texas and specializes in American political behavior (voting and elections), formal political theory, and research methods. Endersby also serves as the director of Canadian Studies at the University of Missouri. He was past president of the Southwestern Political Science Association (2015-2016) and the Midwest Association for Canadian Studies (2007-2009).

Courses Taught
  • Advanced Political Methodology (graduate)
  • American Government (undergraduate)
  • Canadian Politics and Government (undergraduate)
  • Formal Political Analysis (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Interest Groups (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Introductory Statistics for Political Science (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Introduction to Political Research (undergraduate)
  • Linear Models in Politics (graduate)
  • Political Behavior (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Politics and the Media (undergraduate and graduate)
Selected Publications

Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation (with William T. Horner), University of Missouri Press (2016).

“Making Wasted Votes Count: Turnout, Transfers, and Preferential Voting in Practice” (with Michael J. Towle), Electoral Studies 33: 1 (March 2014), 144-152. 

“Turnout around the Globe: The Influence of Electoral Institutions on National Voter Participation, 1972-2000” (with Jonathan T. Krieckhaus), Electoral Studies 27: 4 (December 2008), 601-610. 

James W. Endersby, John R. Petrocik, and Daron R. Shaw. 2006. “Electoral Mobilization in the United States.” In Richard S. Katz and William J. Crotty, eds., Handbook of Political Parties, London: Sage Publications, pp. 316-336.

Jay K. Dow and James W. Endersby. 2004. “Multinomial Probit and Multinomial Logit: A Comparison of Choice Models for Voting Research.” Electoral Studies 23: 1 (March), 107-122.

James W. Endersby, Steven E. Galatas, and Chapman B. Rackawy. 2002. “Closeness Counts in Canada: Voter Participation in the 1993 and 1997 Federal Elections.” Journal of Politics 64: 2 (May), 610-631.

“Objectivity Revisited: A Spatial Model of Political Ideology and Mass Communication” (with Ekaterina Ognianova), Journalism and Mass Communication Monographs 159 (October 1996).

“Rules of Method and Rules of Conduct: An Experimental Study of Two Types of Procedure and Committee Behavior,” Journal of Politics 55:1 (February 1993), 218-236.

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