Rachael Cobb, PhD

Associate Professor & Chair, Government

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Education

  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BA, Bryn Mawr College

Research Interests

  • American electoral politics and election administration
  • American politics and public policy
  • Civic engagement and citizenship

Employment History

  • Associate Professor of Government, Suffolk University, 2011-present
  • Assistant Professor of Government, Suffolk University, 2006-2011
  • Visiting Professor of Government, Suffolk University, July 2005-May 2006

Publications, Conference Papers, Presentations, and Invited Talks

  • “Can Voter ID Laws Be Administered in a Race-Neutral Manner? Evidence from the City of Boston in 2008,” (with D. James Greiner and Kevin M. Quinn) Quarterly Journal of Political Science 7:1-33.
  • “Disconnection and Reorganization: The Transformation of Civic Life in Late-20th-Century America” (with Theda Skocpol and Casey Klofstadt) Studies in American Political Development, Fall 2005.
  • “Explaining Endorsement Activity in Six States.” Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Sep. 2, 2004, Chicago and at the MIT Works in Progress Seminar, October, 2004.
  • Principal Investigator, United States Election Assistance Commission, 2010 Help America Vote College Program Grant, University Pollworkers at Suffolk University, $30,211, May 28, 2010.
  • “Disconnection and Reorganization: The Transformation of Civic Life in Late-20th-Century America” (with Theda Skocpol and Casey Klofstadt) Studies in American Political Development, Fall 2005.
  • “Explaining Endorsement Activity in Six States.” Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Sep. 2, 2004, Chicago and at the MIT Works in Progress Seminar, October, 2004.
  • “A new balance of power: interest groups and political parties in the American States, 1970-2000.” Paper presented at MIT’s Works in Progress Seminar, October 2003; Earlier version presented at Harvard University American Politics Research Workshop, September 2002.
  • “What Elite Data Can Tell Us About American Civic Life: Associational Affiliations of Massachusetts State Senators, 1900-2000.” Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Apr. 24-28, 2002, and the American Political Science Association National Meeting, San Francisco, Aug. 30-Sep. 2, 2001 with Theda Skocpol and Casey Klofstad.
  • “The Yard Sign’s Role in Local Elections: Preliminary Findings.” Paper presented at the MIT American Politics seminar series. Cambridge, MA., April 5, 2000.
  • “Unionizing the Homecare Workers of Los Angeles County.” Paper presented at the Subcontracted Work Initiative Forum, Washington, D.C., Nov. 18-19, 1999.
  • Panel discussant, “Social Capital and Political History,” American Political Science Association National Meeting, Boston MA, Aug. 29-Sep.1, 2002.
  • Panelist, “Struggling to Change: New Labor Strategies for a New Economy,” at the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research Symposium on Changing Employment Relations and New Institutions of Representation, Cambridge, MA, May 25-26, 1999.
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Courses Taught

  • GVT 110 - Introduction to American Government
  • GVT H110 - Honors Introduction to American Government
  • GVT 120 - Introduction to Research Methods
  • GVT 223 - American Politics and Institutions
  • GVT 224 - American Politics and Policy
  • GVT 315/615 - Labor and Politics
  • GVT 360/678 - Elections and Voting
  • GVT 436/631 - Topics in Public Policy: The Politics of Privatization
  • GVT 452/852 - Boston's Future: Local Politics in a Global Context
  • GVT 513 - The Presidency, Congress, and the Media
  • GVT 776 - Advanced Research Methods for Professional Politics
  • SF 101 - Inequality and Democracy: From the Local to the International