Charles Hunt, PhD
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 1:00-3:00PM
Courses Fall 2019
POLS 300: American Political Institutions and Behavior
POLS 415: Representation in American Politics
Professor Charles R. Hunt’s research focuses primarily on the U.S. Congress, congressional elections, partisanship, and representation. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brown University, and a Ph.D in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a political consultant and communications professional in Providence, Rhode Island, where he grew up.
Dr. Hunt’s research has appeared in Electoral Studies, a forthcoming edited volume on Congressional Capacity on University of Chicago Press, and in numerous media outlets like the Washington Post, the Brookings Institution, and LegBranch.com. His current book project, based on his dissertation, pertains to the local roots and personal backgrounds members of Congress have in their particular districts. He specifically finds that having deep roots in the district elevates these members beyond partisanship in the eyes of their voters, and do significantly better in elections compared to otherwise-similar members. Dr. Hunt’s other research focuses on congressional campaign spending, partisan trends, and redistricting. Dr. Hunt was the 2019 recipient of the Conley H. Dillon Award from the University of Maryland’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences for authoring the best dissertation in American Politics in that year.