Election Day Reading List

Election Day is finally here! It’s been a long and grueling campaign season, but if you’re still hungry for insight about the important issues facing the nation, check out these three books by faculty members from the Department of Government.

From voter mythology to gender and religion, these books address the gamut of contentious issues from the 2008 presidential election.

“Unconventional Wisdom: Facts and Myths About American Voters” (Oxford University Press, 2008), by Karen Kaufmann, John Petrocik and Daron Shaw.

Frustrated by the media’s perpetuation of inaccurate analysis about American voters, Shaw and his colleagues decided to set the record straight with “Unconventional Wisdom.” Learn more in the feature story “A Red and Blue Nation?

“The Constitution as Social Design: Gender and Civic Membership in the American Constitutional Order” (Stanford University Press, 2006), by Gretchen Ritter.

In her book, Ritter argues that women’s struggles to gain equality are both inspired and constrained by our understanding of the Constitution and the social roles it creates. Learn more in the feature story “Citizen Jane.

“Politics in the Pews: The Political Mobilization of Black Churches” (University of Michigan Press, 2008), by Eric McDaniel.

Political scientists have documented and examined the impact of church-based political activism for years, but McDaniel says they’ve neglected to examine why churches become politically active in the first place. Learn more in the feature story “Politics in the Pews.”

What political books are on your nightstand this election year?