Brian Arbour

Brian Arbour

Brian Arbour
Assistant Professor
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2007 PhD   University of Texas at Austin

2004 MA    University of Texas at Austin

1995 BA   Pomona College


Brian Arbour, Assistant 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.


PeerReviewed Publications

“Candidate Background and Issue Agendas.” American Politics Review. Forthcoming.

 “Issue Frame Ownership: The Partisan Roots of CampaignRhetoric.” Political Communication.Forthcoming.

 “Unhyphenated Americans, Barack Obama, and the Rise ofRepublicans,” Social Science Quarterly.Forthcoming.


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

 “Unhyphenated Americans in the 2010 U.S. HouseElection,” 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. JusticeSystem Journal. 32(1): 125-148.


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


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


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

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

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


Candidate-CenteredCampaigns: Political Messages, Winning Personalities, and Personal Appeals.  Undercontract with Palgrave-McMillian. Expected 2014 Publication Date.


“Big Red: Texas in the 2012 Election” The 2012 Presidential Election in the South.Eds. Scott E. Buchanan and Branwell Dubose Kapeluck.  University of Arkansas Press. Forthcoming.

 “Rick Perry: The Quickly Fading Star of Texas.” The 2012 Nomination and the Future of theRepublican Party: The Internal Battle. ed. William J. Miller. LexingtonBooks. Forthcoming (August 2013).

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


Campaigns and Elections, Campaign Strategy and Analysis

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