Daron Shaw


Daron Shaw received his BA and PhD degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 1994. His most recent book is Unconventional Wisdom (Oxford University Press), which empirically reconsiders such electoral phenomena as popular perceptions of turnout, swing voting, the gender gap, and youth voting. His previous book, The Race to 270 (Chicago University Press), analyzes the effects of TV advertising and candidate visits on the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. Professor Shaw has also published articles on public opinion and voting, election campaigns, and other topics in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Communication, British Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, PS: Political Science, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, and American Politics Research.

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Recent Commentary

Door-to-Door with the GOP

by Daron Shawvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 2004

When it comes to mobilizing supporters on election day, have the Republicans finally caught up to the Democrats? By Daron R. Shaw.

RED AND BLUE ALL OVER: The Political Divide in America

with Morris P. Fiorina, David Brooks, Daron Shawvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, May 3, 2004

During the past decade, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have been able to capture a majority of the vote in national elections. In fact, the country hasn't been so evenly divided since the 1870s. Some say this is evidence of a culture war and a political divide that has split the country into two Americas. Others disagree, arguing that in fact most Americans are in the moderate middle and are divided on relatively few issues. Who's right?