Chris Owens joined the Department of Political Science as a tenure-track member fall 2005 from Texas A&M University. Chris specializes in American politics. His research interests include political behavior, political parties and race and politics. His dissertation examines how electoral reforms have influenced voters and parties. He has published articles in the Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly and Spectrum: The Journal of State Government. Chris has also published book chapters on electoral reforms and public attitudes on policies important to minority citizens.
- Ph.D. Texas A&M University, 2006 (Political Science)
Major Field: American Politics
Minor Field: Public Administration/Public Policy
- M.A. Southern Illinois University, 2001 (Political Science)
- B.A. Southern Illinois University, 1999 (Political Science) Magna Cum Laude
- Political Participation
- Race and Politics
- Public Opinion
- Parties and Interest Groups
- American Politics
- Race and Politics
- Public Policy/Public Administration
- Research Methods
Department presents results from rural Michigan survey
In the summer of 2011, the Department of Political Science authorized a study of the issues and concerns of rural Michigan residents. The survey was focused at the U.S. Census rural block level and questions posed for the telephone and written surveys were developed from the concerns and suggestions of over 150 Michigan local government officials as well as selected nonprofit organizations.
The result of this project was the survey responses of 744 randomly selected rural Michigan residents 18 years of age or older, 502 telephone survey responses and 242 written survey responses (the latter written surveys were used to correspond with those who have no land line telephone or who have unlisted telephone numbers). The survey's margin of error is +/- 4.5%.
Below is a short power point presentation highlighting some of the issues and responses from that survey that might be of interest to local and state officials. For more information about the survey or requests for additional analysis, please contact Professor James Hill (email@example.com
) or Dr. Chris Owens (firstname.lastname@example.org
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