• Associate Professor of Politics


  • BA (Hons), University of British Columbia, 1996
  • MA, University of Toronto, 1997
  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 2006


Michael Parkin, Associate Professor of Politics, received his PhD from the University of Minnesota.  His research focuses on the relationship between political candidates, the media, and voters in the US.  He is particularly interested in how candidates use "new media" (e.g., the Internet, entertainment television) and the effect this has on voters.  His research has appeared in American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and The Social Science Computer Review.  He teaches courses on political psychology, media and mass political behavior, campaigns and elections, quantitative research methods, and American politics.



  • Michael Parkin Publishes Book

    October 2, 2014

    Associate Professor of Politics Michael Parkin recently published a book titled Talk Show Campaigns: Presidential Candidates on Daytime and Late Night Television. The book explores the history and impact of candidate appearances on entertainment talk shows like The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, and The View. Parkin uses extensive data to show that these interviews are much more than a gimmick--they are a key part of how candidates communicate with voters. As such, they reveal a lot about how campaigns have changed over the past two decades.

  • Michael Parkin Coauthors Article on The Voting Rights Act and Latino Registration

    May 16, 2014

    Associate Professor of Politics Michael Parkin recently coauthored an article, “The Voting Rights Act and Latino Registration: Symbolic Assistance for English-Speaking Latinos,” which appears in The Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. The paper shows that VRA provisions motivate English-speaking Latinos to register while having minimal impact on the registration intentions of Latinos who do not speak English. This suggests that the positive effects of VRA coverage are due to a “welcoming” symbolic effect, rather than substantial reductions in administrative barriers to registration.

  • Michael Parkin Publishes on Campaigns in an Internet Age

    February 19, 2014

    Associate Professor of Politics Michael Parkin recently coauthored an article, “U.S. Congressional Campaigns in an Internet Age,” which appears in The Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties. The paper shows how candidate use of the Internet is driven by such political considerations as the potential loss of message control, the candidate’s status in the race, and the employment of campaign consultants.