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Associate Dean of Faculty, College of Liberal Arts
- The linkages between mass and elite opinion and behavior with primary emphasis on the process of democratic representation
Dr. Patricia A. Hurley’s research focuses on the linkages between mass and elite opinion and behavior, with primary emphasis on the process of democratic representation. Her most recent work on this topic, in collaboration with Dr. Kim Q. Hill, advances a general theory of representational linkages between constituents and members of Congress. She has also written extensively on the topic of partisan voting in the U.S. Congress. Her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Quarterly, among others. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on public opinion, campaigns and elections, and political representation.
Dr. Hurley is an Associate Dean of Liberal Arts. She served as head of the Department of Political Science from 2001 to 2008, and was director of the Department’s doctoral degree program from 1991 through 1997. She was president of the Southwestern Social Science Association in 2002-2003 and served as president of the Southwestern Political Science Association in 1996-1997. She has been a member of the executive councils for the Legislative Studies Section and the Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion Section, both organized sections of the American Political Science Association. She has been a member of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Panel for the Political Science grants program and of the Committee of Visitors for the Political Science program. Dr. Hurley is a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Texas A&M University Press. She also presently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Politics, the American Review of Politics, and the Social Science Quarterly and has previously been a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Political Science and Legislative Studies Quarterly.
Her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Quarterly, among others.