I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at the College of William & Mary. I completed my Ph.D. work in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. I also earned a B.S. Economics and Political Science at the College of Charleston.

My research and teaching interests include public opinion, voting and elections, political parties, and the U. S. Congress. My current research projects study (1) how voters form beliefs about the two parties (2) how primary elections affect representation (3) how party competition affects governance. I am also interested in other areas of electoral politics and representation. My research has been published in Political Research Quarterly and Political Science Quarterly.

Email: mmtarpey@wm.edu
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