Donald M. Gooch Web

DONALD M. GOOCH
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Stephen F. Austin State University

Donald M. Gooch Web

A Resource for SFA students & a source of biographical, professional, and related information for all interested parties

Donald M. Gooch
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

ME


Gooch Home Page
Donald M. Gooch is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government at Stephen F. Austin State University. He was appointed to the SFA faculty in August, 2012. Dr. Gooch is an alum of the University of Central Arkansas and has a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2009. Professor Gooch has taught a broad spectrum of classes in the subfields of political science such as courses in political behavior, Constitutional Law, Research Methods, and American political institutions (i.e. the U.S. Supreme Court). Dr. Gooch studies public law, the federal court system and American politics. His research agenda includes political polarization, behavior on the Supreme Court, campaign finance regulation, civic education, formal theory and the spatial theory of voting. He is the SFA Pre-Law Program Coordinator, SFA Pre-Law Advisor, and Associate Director of the SFA Pre-Law Academy. He is also currently pursuing an M.A. in Statistics at SFA.

BIO, EDUCATION & DEGREES

2012: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Stephen F. Austin State University 2007: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Arkansas Tech University
2009: PH.D in Political Science, University of Missouri, Columbia 2001: Masters Degree in Political Science, University of Arkansas, Faytteville
1998: Bachelors Degree (MAJOR: Political Science MINOR: Sociology), University of Central Arkansas
1993: Searcy High School Honors Graduate
Born: May 21st, 1975
Birthplace: Joliet, IL
Home Towns: Joliet, IL; Ironton, MO; Blytheville, AR; Searcy, AR; Faytteville, AR; Conway, AR; Columbia, MO

MEMBERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
• American Political Science Association
• Midwest Political Science Association
• Southern Political Science Assocaition
• Arkansas Political Science Association
• Public Choice
- Conference Co-Chair & American Politics Section Chair: Arkansas Political Science Association Meeting, February 26th-28th, 2009
- American Politics Section Chair: Arkansas Political Science Association, Feburary 2012
- Chair & Discussant, Panel: Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, April 2007, April 2008, April 2009, April 2010, April 2011, April 2012, April 2013
- Board Member, Arkansas Political Science Association, 2010-2011
- Member, Departmental Assessment & Scholarship Committees – ATU 2007-2010
- Chair, Departmental Scholarship Committee – ATU 2010-2011
- Member, Admissions Committee – ATU 2008-2009
- Sponsor, Pre-Law Society – ATU 2007 – 2012
- Bridge to Excellence Mentor, 2008-2012
- Co-Organizer, ATU Constitution Day Celebrations, 2008-2012
- Member SFA Departmental Scholarship & Assessment Committees, 2012 – present
- Member, SFA Departmental Executive Committee, 2013 – present
- Member, SFA Core Assessment Communication Skills (Written) Ruberic Team, 2013
- Primary Advisor, SFA Pre-Law Club, 2012 – present
- Primary Advisor and Coach, SFA Moot Court Team, 2012 – present
- Primary Advisor, SFA chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, 2014-present
- Primary Advisor, SFA Young Americans for Liberty Club, 2014-present, Co-Advisor 2012 – 2014
- Associate Director of SFA Pre-Law Experience, Summer 2014
- Editorial Board Member: Midshouth Political Science Review
- Peer Reviewer: JOP, MPSR, PB, PRQ, APR

PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS, & PRESENTATIONS

JOURNAL ARTICLES-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Published

Breaking the Banks: The Effect of State Campaign Finance Regulatory Environments and Regulatory Regimes on State Campaign Contributions and Spending
with Chapman Rackaway, Fort Hays State University
- The Midsouth Political Science Review. Volume 15, Number 2 (2014), pp. 19-57

A Natural Disaster of Civic Proportions: College Students in the Natural State Fall Short of the Naturalization Benchmark
with Michael Rogers, Arkansas Tech University
- Midsouth Political Science Review. Special Edition, 2012.

Under Review

Ideological Polarization on the Supreme Court: Trends in the Court’s Institutional Environment and across Regimes, 1937-2008
- American Politics Research. Second Round Revise & Resubmit, Summer 2014.

BOOKS (FORTHCOMING)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Civic Education in the 21st Century: A Multi-Dimensional Inquiry.
- Eds. Michael T. Rogers and Donald M. Gooch. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books. (expected 2015).
BOOK CHAPTERS-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Under Review

The Paradox of Civic Education: Do Efforts to Improve Civic Literacy Harm Civic Efficacy?
- Under review for publication in Civic Education in the 21st Century: A Multi-Dimensional Inquiry, eds. Michael T. Rogers and Donald M. Gooch. Lanham, MD:
Lexington Books. Peer Reviewed. (expected 2015).
The Dimensions of Civic Education in the 21st Century: A Formal Model
- Under review for publication in Civic Education in the 21st Century: A Multi-Dimensional Inquiry, eds. Michael T. Rogers and Donald M. Gooch. Lanham, MD:
Lexington Books. Peer Reviewed. (expected 2015).

Published

Formal Theory and Spatial Modeling
- Chapter 63 of 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook, eds. John T. Ishiyama and Marijke Breuning. New York: SAGE Publishing, p.532-40. 2010.

Milestones and Controversies in Texas Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
- Chapter 3 of Texas Politics 141 Workbook, Fourth Ed. (revised), ed. Alan I. Baily. SFA Publishing, Nacogdoches TX. p.25-44. 2013.

BOOK REVIEWS-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Review of Party Polarization in Congress by Sean M. Theriault (2008). Political Studies Review. 10:1. January 2012. Pp. 158-159.

Review of Abortion Politics in Congress by Scott H. Ainsworth & Thad E. Hall (2011). Political Studies Review, 11:1. January 2013. Pp. 136-137.
Review of Improving Public Opinion Surveys: Interdisciplinary Approach and the American National Election Studies edited by John H. Aldrich & Kathleen M. McGraw (2012).
Political Studies Review, 11:2. May 2013. Pp. 300.

PRESENTED------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

“Supreme Court Religious Doctrine in Texas Public Schools: A Test of the Composite Model of Compliance”
with Charles F. Abel, Stephen F. Austin State University
---presented 2014 Southern Political Science Assoc. Annual Meeting, January 9th–11th , 2014

“A Natural Disaster of Civic Proportions: A Comparative Study of Civic Literacy in Two Southern Universities, 2011-13”
with Michael Rogers, Arkansas Tech University
---presented 2014 Arkansas Political Science Assoc. Annual Meeting, Feburary 28th –March 1st , 2014

“Perceptions and the Spatial Theory of Voting: Issue Placement and Issue Weights for American Presidential Elections”
with James Endersby, University of Missouri-Columbia
---presented 2014 Midwest Political Science Assoc. 72nd Annual Meeting, April 3rd – 6th, 2014

“Party Crashers: Are the Tea Party Insurgents in the 112th Congress Fiscal Hawks or Ideological Extermists?”
---presented 2014 Midwest Political Science Assoc. 72nd Annual Meeting, April 3rd – 6th, 2014

“The Paradox of Civic Literacy: The Tension between Civic Education and Civic Participation”
with Michael Rogers, Arkansas Tech University
---presented 2013 American Political Science Assoc. Annual Meeting, August 29th –September 1st , 2013

“Tea Party Influence and Congressional Gridlock”
with Logan Huffman, USA
---presented 2013 Southern Political Science Assoc. Annual Meeting, January 3rd–5th , 2013

“Inspiring Citizenship: Does Civic Education Provoke Political Polarization”
with Michael Rogers, Arkansas Tech University
---presented 2013 Southern Political Science Assoc. Annual Meeting, January 3rd–5th , 2013

“Culture War Escalation: Polarization and Social Issue Trends, 1976-2008”
---presented 2013 Midwest Political Science Assoc. 71st Annual Meeting April 11th – 14th, 2013

“Judicial Polarization: Concepts, Causality, and the Mass-Elite Nexus, 1937-2008”
---presented 2013 Midwest Political Science Assoc. 71st Annual Meeting April 11th – 14th, 2013

“The Interrelationship between Civic Education and Political Participation”
with Michael Rogers, Arkansas Tech University
---presented 2012 American Political Science Assoc. Annual Meeting, August 22nd –26th , 2012

“Culture War Escalation: Polarization and Social Issue Trends, 1976-1998”
---presented 2012 Midwest Political Science Assoc. 70th Annual Meeting April 12th – 15th, 2012

“Is the Trough Tilted? State Campaign Finance Regulatory Regimes and Their Impact on Partisan Campaign Spending”
with Chapman Rackaway, Fort Hayes State University
---presented 2012 Midwest Political Science Assoc. 70th Annual Meeting April 12th – 15th, 2012

“A Natural Disaster of Civic Proportions Reconsidered”
with Michael Rogers, Arkansas Tech University
---presented 2012 Southern Political Science Assoc. Annual Meeting, January 12th –14th , 2012

“Partisan Polarization on Abortion: The Elite-Mass Linkage”
---presented 2011 Midwest Political Science Assoc. Annual Meeting March 31st – April 3rd, 2011

“From Consensus to Conflict - Gay Rights and the Culture Wars”
---presented 2010 Midwest Political Science Association Meeting March 21-24, 2010

“Perceptions of Issue Placement in Spatial Models of Politics: Vote Choice in American Presidential Elections, 1984-2004”
with James Endersby, University of Missouri-Columbia
---presented 2010 annual meeting of the Public Choice Society in Monetary, CA, March 11-14, 2010

“The Predicates of Mass-Elite Political Polarization in Perspective: Why Perturbations in Polarization are a Persistent Puzzle in Political Science”
---presented 2009 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting

“The War’s not Over: Issue & Agenda Polarization in the American Electorate (1972-2004)”
---presented 2007 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting

“'Breaking the Banks: The Effect of Campaign Finance Laws on Campaign Contributions in the American States”
with Chapman Rackaway, Fort Hayes State University
---presented 2006 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting

“Do Performance Measures & Devolution Facilitate Organizational Learning? Client Selection in the Workforce Investment Act”
with Lael Keiser, Peter Muser, & Deanna Sharpe, MU-Columbia
---presented 2006 Midwest Political Science Association Anu. Meeting



AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2007. Recipient, Bryan D. Forbus Award for Excellence in American Politics & Public Policy
2009. Advisor of the Year, Arkansas Tech University 2013. Omicron Delta Kappa Advisor of the Year Award, Stephen F. Austin State University
FUN FACTS
Administrator; St. Louis Sports Forum
Favorite Baseball Team: World Champion St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite Pro Football Team: Super Bowl Bound Chicago Bears