Daniel Coffey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Akron


AAUP Member


I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron, and a member of the Akron AAUP.


My research focuses on the ideological foundations of American politics. Most of my research is on the quantitative analysis of political texts. Specifically, I analyze the  ideas expressed in state party platforms and governors’ state of the state speeches. 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. My research can be found at State Party Platform Project page for more information and my blog



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.


I am a native of Niskayuna, New York. I currently live in Shaker Heights, OH.


Recent Publications:

“Federal Parties and Polarization” in The State of the Parties, 7th ed, edited by John C. Green and Daniel Coffey. 137-155 (2014).


“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).


“More than a Dime’s Worth: Using State Party Platforms to Assess the Degree of American Party Polarization.” PS: Political Science and Politics, 44: 331-337 (2011).


“Classroom as Reality: Demonstrating Campaign Effects Through Live Simulation.” Daniel J. Coffey, William J. Miller & Derek Feuerstein. Journal of Political Science Education, 7: 14-33 (2011).


Buckeye Battleground. Daniel J. Coffey, John C. Green, David B. Cohen and Stephen C. Brooks. University of Akron Press (2011).


The State of the Parties, 6th edition, co-edited with John C. Green. Rowman and Littlefield (2011).


“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.

Works in Progress

(papers are available at the SSRN and Academia.edu)


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.”