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2007 PhD   University of Texas at Austin

2004 MA    University of Texas at Austin

1995 BA   Pomona College

Brian Arbour, Associate Professor of Political Science, received a BA from Pomona College and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests focus on political communication and campaign strategy in congressional elections. He teaches courses on American government, political parties, the news media, and campaigns and elections.
Scholarly Work


Candidate-Centered Campaigns: Political Messages, Winning Personalities, and Personal Appeals. 2014. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Inc.

Peer Reviewed Publications

“”I Have Ten Peer Reviewed Articles. Now What?” How Political Science Research Methods Textbooks Teach Students About Scholarly Context.” Forthcoming (November 2016). The Journal of Academic Librarianship.

“Issue Frame Ownership: The Partisan Roots of Campaign Rhetoric.” November 2014. Political Communication. 31(4): 604-627.

“Candidate Reputations and Issue Agendas.” November 2013. American Politics Research. 41(6): 1022-1051

“Barack Obama’s ‘American’ Problem: Unhyphenated Americans in the 2008 Elections.” With Jeremy Teigen., September 2011. Social Science Quarterly. 92(3): 563-587.

“Unhyphenated Americans in the 2010 U.S. House Election,” July 2011. The Forum. 9(2): Article 4.

“Campaign Messages in Lower Court Elections after Republican Party of Minnesota vs. White.” With Mark Jonathan McKenzie. Summer 2011. Justice System Journal. 32(1): 125-148.

“Has the ‘New Style’ of Judicial Campaigning Reached Lower Court Elections.” With Mark Jonathan McKenzie. January-Februrary 2010. Judicature.  93(4): 150-160.

“Even Closer, Even Longer: What if the 2008 Democratic Primary Used Republican Rules?” July 2009.  The Forum. 7(2): Article 3.

“Cracking Back: The Effectiveness of Partisan Redistricting in the 2002 Texas State House.” With Seth C. McKee. Winter 2006. American Review of Politics. 26(2): 385-404.

“Tempus Fugit: How Legislative Candidates Allocate Their Own Time.” Journal of Political Marketing. January 2006. 5(1/2) 79-104.

“Information Costs and Voter Turnout in the 2003 California Recall Election.” With Danny Hayes. March 2005. American Politics Research. 33(2): 187-215.

Book Chapters

“Texas: Big Red in the 2012 Elections.” In Second Verse, Same as the First: The 2012 Presidential Election in the South. 2014. eds. Scott E. Buchanan & Branwell Dubose Kapeluk. University of Arkansas Press.

“Rick Perry: The Quickly Fading Star of Texas.” The 2012 Nomination and the Future of the Republican Party: The Internal Battle. 2013. ed. William J. Miller. Lexington Books.

“Texas After the Bush Era,” With Mark Jonathan McKenzie. A Paler Shade of Red: The 2008 Presidential Election in the South, eds. Branwell DuBose Kapeluck, Laurence W. Moreland, and Robert P. Steed. University of Arkansas Press.

“Tempus Fugit: How Legislative Candidates Allocate Their Own Time.” Campaigns and Political Marketing. 2006. Wayne P. Steger, Sean Q. Kelly, and J. Mark Wrighton, eds. Haworth Press, Inc. (co-published Journal of Political Marketing article from above).

Published Reports

“2010 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Track Summaries: Program Assessment,” with Candace C. Young and Jill Abraham Hummer. July 2010. PS: Political Science and Politics. 43(3): 575-76.