Research Cluster – Representation


Ben Bishin’s interests include questions of democracy, representation, elections, public opinion, Cuban American politics, and legislative politics. His recent book is titled Tyranny of the Minority: The Subconstituency Politics Theory of Representation (Temple, 2009). He recently started a project that examines the degree to which candidates for office keep their campaign promises.

Loren Collingwood’s research interests include the use of direct democracy, representation and incorporation of Latino voters, and other historically underrepresented groups in U.S. politics.

Karthick Ramakrishnan’s research interests include questions of representation, political behavior, and public policy as they relate to immigrants and racial minorities in the United States. He is working on two projects related to representation: the first looks at the extent to which local governments are responsive to the needs of immigrant residents, and the other examines the role of partisanship and public opinion in the devolution of immigration-related policies down to the state and local levels.

Relevant Courses

Undergraduate Courses

  • POSC 101. The U.S. Congress
  • POSC 108. Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity in the United States
  • POSC 111. Democracy and the Social Contract
  • POSC 117. Contemporary Democratic Theory
  • POSC 143. Elections and Political Participation
  • POSC 148. Politics of Congressional Elections
  • POSC 151. British Government and Politics (?)

Graduate Courses

  • POSC 208. Seminar in Representation
  • POSC 220. Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity
  • POSC 257. Comparative Political Behavior and Elections
  • POSC 272. Parties and Party Systems in Western Europe
  • POSC 276. Democracy and Democratization

Selected Publications

  • Bishin, Benjamin. 2009. Tyranny of the Minority: The Subconstituency Politics Theory of Representation. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
  • Lewis, Paul G., and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan. 2007. “Police Practices in Immigrant-Destination Cities: Political Control or Bureaucratic Professionalism?” Urban Affairs Review42(6): 874-900.