Boris Heersink

Associate Professor, Political SciencePicture of Boris Heersink.
Email: [email protected]
Office: Faber Hall 667
Phone: 717-817-3967

Curriculum Vitae

  • BA, University of Amsterdam, History
    MA, University of Amsterdam, History
    MA, The New School for Social Research, Political Science
    PhD, University of Virginia, Political Science

  • My research focuses on American political institutions - most notably political parties - and measuring the effects of campaigns on election results. Much of my scholarship relies on historical case studies or arguments about historical development. My research has appeared in - among others - The Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Studies in American Political Development, and American Politics Research. I am currently working on two book projects: National Party Organizations and Party Brands in American Politics - focusing on the role of the DNC and RNC in the American political process - and Republican Party Politics in the American South, 1865-1968 (with Jeffery A. Jenkins, under contract at Cambridge University Press) - which assesses internal Republican party politics in the American South at the local and national levels in an era in which the party was largely not competitive in the region.

  • POSC 1100 - Introduction to Politics
    POSC 3214 - The US Congress
    POSC 3215 - American Political Parties
    POSC 3301 - Campaigns and Elections
    POSC 5130 - Political Institutions and Processes

  • "Trump and the Party-In-Organization: Presidential Control of National Party Organizations," The Journal of Politics vol. 80, no. 4 (October 2018) 1474-1482.

    "Party Brands and the Democratic and Republican National Committees, 1952-1976," Studies in American Political Development, vol. 32, no. 1 (2018) 79-102.

    "Truman Defeats Dewey: The Effect of Campaign Visits in Election Outcomes," Electoral Studies vol. 49 (October 2017) 49-64 (with Brenton D. Peterson).

    "Disasters and Elections: Estimating the Net Effect of Damage and Relief in Historical Perspective," Political Analysis vol. 25, no. 2 (2017) 260-268 (with Brenton D. Peterson and Jeffery A. Jenkins).

    "Measuring the Vice-Presidential Home State Advantage with Synthetic Controls," American Politics Research vol. 44, no. 4 (July, 2016) 734-763 (with Brenton D. Peterson).

    "Southern Delegates and Republican National Convention Politics," Studies in American Political Development vol. 29, no. 1 (April, 2015) 68-88 (with Jeffery A. Jenkins).