Associate Professor Brian J. Brox
302 Norman Mayer bldg.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Office Hours: TR 11-12:45 & by appointment
Tel: (504) 862 - 8325
POLA 210 - American Government
An introductory survey of government at the national level with emphasis on constitutional principles and significant contemporary trends and problems.
POLA 315 - Elections in America
The focus is on candidates, political parties, the press, consultants, and public opinion in elections and political campaigns. Covers presidential and congressional elections. Each semester, special attention is paid to a topic such as the economy, fundraising, activists, or campaign technique.
POLA 618 - Public Opinion and Voting Behavior
This course explores public opinion and voting behavior in contemporary American politics. The course covers the development of political attitudes and how what we learn as children affects what we believe and do as adults. Looking at recent trends in public opinion about current issues, such as health care, gay marriage, affirmative action, the economy, and many other issues, students will examine how public opinion is measured, focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of surveys and polls. Students will also learn about how to analyze public opinion data. The second half of the course looks at voting behavior. In particular we will cover how Americans decide whether or not to participate in elections (turnout) and how they choose among candidates (vote choice). Looking at recent elections for president and Congress, students will examine the theories that seek to explain American voting behavior and then apply those theories to actual data on American voters.
American Politics, Political Behavior, Campaigns & Elections, Political Parties, Public Opinion