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Jordan Ragusa

Associate Professor and Associate Chair

Address: 114 Wentworth Street, Room 106
Office Hours: Fall 2019:
Phone: 843.953.5219
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Jordan Ragusa joined the department in 2011 and became Associate Chair of the department in 2019.  Dr. Ragusa has a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Florida and a B.S. in secondary education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. 

Dr. Ragusa’s research focuses on the U.S. Congress, with specific interests on the effect(s) of political parties, polarization, and legislative organization on roll-call behavior and the policymaking process.  His published work also includes research on the presidency, congressional and presidential elections, political behavior, and political economy. His research is published in Political Research QuarterlyAmerican Politics ResearchResearch & Politics, Political Science QuarterlyJournal of Political Science, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties

Dr. Ragusa is currently at work on a book on repeals in Congress (with Nate Birkhead, Kansas State University).  Using an original database of all major repeals from 1877 to 2012, the book seeks to answer the question of when and why repeals happen. One of the book’s core arguments is that when Congress repeals laws, it often does so when parties are unified in opposition to one another’s signature accomplishments, usually after the minority at passage re-gains power after a long period out of power.

Dr. Ragusa is also the co-director College's American Politics Research Team, a research fellow in the Center for Public Choice and Market Process, and a columnist for the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group at

Recent Publications

Johnson, Lauren, Deon McCray, and Jordan M. Ragusa. Forthcoming. “#NeverTrump: Why Republican Members of Congress Refused to Support Their Party’s Nominee in the 2016 Presidential Election.” Research & Politics.

Craven, Jamie, Jordan M. Ragusa, and John Thevos. Forthcoming. “Palmetto State Primaries: An Examination of South Carolina’s Nomination Contests.” Journal of Political Science.

Ragusa, Jordan M. 2017. “An Examination of Congressional Efforts to Repeal the Affordable Care Act.” In Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce Oppenheimer, Congress Reconsidered, Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.

Ragusa, Jordan M. 2017. “Do the Rich Deserve a Tax Cut? Public Images, Deservingness, and Americans’ Tax Policy Preferences.” In Bart Meuleman, Femke Roosma, Tim Reeskens, and Wim van Oorschot, The Social Legitimacy of Targeted Welfare, London: Edward Elgar Press.

Cooper, Chris, Gibbs Knotts, and Jordan M. Ragusa. 2016. “The Constrained Governor: Gubernatorial Decision-Making and Senate Appointments.” Political Research Quarterly 69 (3): 482-494.

Ragusa, Jordan M., and Anthony Gaspar. 2016. “Where’s the Tea Party? An Examination of the Tea Party’s Voting Behavior in the House of Representatives.” Political Research Quarterly 69 (2): 361-372.

Ragusa, Jordan M. 2016. “Partisan Cohorts, Polarization, and the Gingrich Senators.” American Politics Research 44 (2): 296-325.

Knotts, Gibbs, and Jordan M. Ragusa. 2016. “The Nationalization of Special Elections for the U.S. House of Representatives.” Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties 26 (1): 22-39.

Ragusa, Jordan M., and Matthew Tarpey. 2016. “The Geographies of Economic Voting in Presidential and Congressional Elections.” Political Science Quarterly 131(1): 101-132.


Ph.D., Univeristy of Florida
M.A., University of Florida
B.S., Bowling Green State University
Field of Specialization:  American politics and research methodology