Daniel Coffey, Ph.D.
University of Akron
I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron, and a Fellow at the Ray Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
My research focuses on the ideological foundations of American politics. Some of my work focuses on the ideas expressed in state party platforms. The platforms provide rich evidence of ideological polarization and my research on these platforms helps to illuminate the fundamental principles that divide the two parties. I am currently working to develop a fully-searchable database of state party platforms and I will soon be posting my coding of the ideology and issue positions of all state party platforms written between 2000 and 2012. See my State Party Platform Project page for more information.
In addition, my recent research is in the area of political psychology. I have published or am currently working on several projects that explore how political attitudes shape social, often non-political, behavior.
In addition, my colleagues and I in the Bliss Institute are active in analyzing Ohio Politics. We recently published a book, Buckeye Battleground, on the distinctiveness of the “Five Ohios” and how this intra-regional diversity serves to make Ohio the quintessential battleground state. In continuing this research, I am hoping to show how some of Ohio’s regional diversity is traceable to cultural differences across the regions. This stands in contrast to most political science research, which currently argues that regional differences in voting patterns are rooted in compositional, or demographic, diversity.
I am a native of Niskayuna, New York. I currently live in Shaker Heights, OH.
“Of Sweater Vests and Broken Dreams: Santorum’s Almost Win.” Coffey, Daniel J. and Terry O’Sullivan. 2013. in The Battle to Face Obama: The 2012 Republican Nomination, Miller, William J., ed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
“A Polarized Environment: The Effect of Partisanship and Ideological Values on Individual Recycling and Conservation Behavior". Coffey, Daniel J and Patricia Hallam Joseph. American Behavioral Scientist 57: 116– 139 (2013).
“No Grizzlies in the Appalachians: The Absence of Tea Party Effects on the West Virginia Senate Race,” in Tea Party Effects on 2010 U.S. Senate Elections: Stuck in the Middle to Lose, Miller, William J. and Jeremy D. Walling, eds. 2011. Lexington Books.
Polarization and Education: How Cognitive Resources Affect the Acceptance of Polarized Arguments
The Behavioral Implications of Ambivalence
“Moral Foundations Theory and Regional Diversity in State Party Ideology”
“A Clean or Safe Environment? Partisan and Public Ambiguity in the Morality of Environmental Politics.”