Devin Caughey

Faculty  |  DEVIN CAUGHEY

Devin Caughey is Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT. Caughey earned his PhD at Berkeley under the supervision of Eric Schickler. He previously studied history at Yale and Cambridge. Caughey is primarily interested in the fields of American Politics and American Political Development, with a side interest in Political Methodology. His current book project, "Congress, Public Opinion, and Representation in the One-Party South, 1930s–1960s," examines the ideological evolution and diversity of Southern members of Congress and their relationship to public opinion in the region. Caughey's work has appeared in the journals Studies in American Political Development and Political Analysis, which in 2012 named his "Elections and the Regression Discontinuity Design" (with Jasjeet Sekhon) an Editor's Choice Article for its contribution to political methodology. The article was also awarded the 2012 Warren Miller Prize by the Society for Political Methodology.

Research

Projects:
“Elections and the Regression-Discontinuity Design: Lessons from Close U.S. House Races, 1942–2008”

“Public Opinion, Organized Labor, and the Limits of New Deal Liberalism, 1936–1945”

“Honor and War: Using Southern Presidents to Identify Reputational Effects in International Conflict”

“Defining, Mapping, and Measuring Bureaucratic Autonomy”

Dissertation:
Congress, Public Opinion, and Representation in the One-Party South, 1930s–1960s

Recent Publications

"Elections and the Regression Discontinuity Design: Lessons from Close U.S. House Races, 1942–2008." Political Analysis 19(4): 385–408. 2011. (with Jasjeet S. Sekhon).

"Public Opinion, Organized Labor, and the Limits of New Deal Liberalism, 1936–1945." Studies in American Political Development 25(2): 162–189. 2011. (with Eric Schickler).

Subjects

17.263/4 Electoral Politics