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Current Students

Peter Licari

Peter Licari is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Florida. His research investigates the social, media, and institutional factors affecting political behavior and cognition

Former Students

Our former and current Election Science undergraduates are now working or studying at Google; Facebook; Florida election offices; PhD programs at UC Berkeley, Florida State, and Penn State; and Georgetown law school.

Brian Amos

Brian Amos is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wichita State University and a recent PhD graduate in the Political Science Department at the University of Florida.

Lia Merivaki

Lia Merivaki is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Mississippi State University and a  recent PhD graduate in the Political Science Department at the University of Florida.

Enrijeta Shino

Enrijeta Shino is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Florida and a recent  PhD graduate in the Political Science Department at the University of Florida.

Faculty

Juan Gilbert

Juan Gilbert is the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor, and the Department Chair of the Department of Computer Science & Information & Engineering.   A computer scientist, he is a researcher, inventor, and educator, as well as a staunch advocate of diversity in the computing sciences.  His research interests with respect to voting and elections include Human-Centered Computing, Electronic Voting (Prime III) and Research Alliance for Accessible Voting (RAAV).  He leads the Human-Experience Research Lab at UF.

Michael McDonald

Michael P. McDonald is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. His research interests include elections, surveys, and statistical methodology. He has a distinguished academic record, as co-author of Numerical Issues in Statistical Computing for the Social Scientist and co-editor of The Marketplace of Democracy: Electoral Competition and American Politics. He has published thirty peer-reviewed articles and numerous other academic writings. He frequently comments on elections in the media and has written several opinion editorials for major newspapers.

Daniel A. Smith

Daniel Smith is Professor and Chair of Political Science at the University of Florida. He is the President of ElectionSmith, Inc., a political consulting firm, and is the past Chair of the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association. His research mainly examines how political institutions affect political behavior across and within the American states. In addition to publishing numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, his authored and coauthored books include Tax Crusaders and the Politics of Direct Democracy (Routledge, 1998), Educated by Initiative (University of Michigan Press, 2004), and State and Local Politics: Institutions and Reform (4th edition, Cengage, 2015).