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Matthew Geras

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Matthew J. Geras' Bio

Matthew J. Geras (entered 2015) is a political science PhD student and graduate fellow with the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. He previously earned a B.S. in political science at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, where he was awarded the winter commencement 2014 President’s Scholar Medal, and has served as a Congressional Intern for Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, who currently represents Florida’s 27th Congressional District.

His research focuses on candidates and competition in congressional elections, the rules and institutions that govern elections, and political participation with Congress. He has presented his work at several professional conferences including the American Political Science Association annual meeting, the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, and the State Politics and Policy Conference. Some of his work has appeared in Social Science Quarterly and Political Research Quarterly. In addition to an active research agenda, Geras has taught Intro to American Federal Government.


Geras, Matthew J. 2017. “The Implications of Apportionment on Quality Candidate Emergence and Electoral Competition” online first at Political Research Quarterly.

Hayden, Jessica M., Matthew J. Geras, Michael H. Crespin, and Nathan Gerth. 2017. “Land, Wood, Water, & SPACE: Senator Robert S. Kerr, Congress, and the Space Race to the American Public.” Social Science Quarterly 98(4): 1189-1203.

Anderson, R. Bruce and Zachary Baumann with Matthew J. Geras. 2017. “Florida: The South, Border State, or Wild Frontier?” in New Politics of the Old South: An Introduction to Southern Politics 6th edition, Charles S. Bullock III and Mark J. Rozell ed. Rowman & Littlefield.

Geras, Matthew J and Michael H Crespin. “The Effect of Open and Closed Primaries on Voter Turnout” in Routlegde Handbook of Primary Elections. Robert G Boatright (ed.) Forthcoming.

Working Papers:

“Gaining Access and Constituent Correspondence in the U.S. Congress” with Michael Crespin - Under Review

“Appointees Versus Elected Officials: The Implications of Selection Method on the Diversity of State Bureaucratic Leaders” with Sarina Rhinehart and Jessica M. Hayden

“Taking Advantage of Limited Opportunities: Female Candidate Emergence in Congressional Elections” with Sarina Rhinehart and Jessica M. Hayden

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Matthew J. Geras
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