Seth Masket, a Pacific Standard contributor writer, is a political scientist at the University of Denver, specializing in political parties, state legislatures, campaigns and elections, and social networks. He is the author of No Middle Ground: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures.
Trump is forcing academics to re-evaluate their roles as beacons of information.
Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address tomorrow. Last year's (well-received) speech before Congress can serve as a blueprint for what we can expect to hear.
Sure, Trump's recent comments on his own brilliance might sound vexing. But candidates (and pundits) are always getting caught up in post-election narratives.
Capitol Hill and Hollywood are laying out two very different blueprints for dealing with sexual assault allegations.
It tells us a lot—none of it particularly good—about how she approaches her job as press secretary.
When violent white supremacists attack and kill people, criticizing divisiveness and urging people to unite is, at best, a dodge.
It sounds counterintuitive—and would be a hard sell—but making the way the two major political parties nominate candidates less traditionally democratic could also make it more open to compromise and negotiation.
Next spring, expect political reformers to have all eyes on Colorado's unusual new open primary system to see if it causes more harm than good.
Lessons from five years running a political science department that could apply to almost any job in management.
In his late-night and early morning messages, the president has undoubtedly and repeatedly violated several of the social media platform's abusive behavior clauses.
Legislative productivity is contingent on much more than simply having the numbers.
Look to the Colorado state legislature, which just closed its 2017 session, for lessons on how to put an end to gridlock in Washington, D.C.
Interviews with political activists suggest they think it's time to reconsider just what sorts of candidates should be nominated for office.
Those giving President Donald Trump a poor 100-day performance review are generally looking past his largest accomplishment: he has helped to explode three of American politics’ most pernicious myths.
What to make of Donald Trump’s first week in the White House? Disorganized mess or devious genius?
The apolitical politician has been a recurring character—and hero—in many films.
His campaign finance reform proposals could do some modest good, but wouldn't bring about the revolutionary change he promises.