Nicole Mellow

Nicole Mellow

Professor of Political Science

Schapiro Hall Rm 235

Areas of Expertise

My research interests are in the field of American political development. Currently, I’m working on a project on eugenics, national identity, and state building at the beginning of the twentieth century, tentatively titled, How White Ethnics Got Themselves a New Deal: Nation Building and the Interventionist State, 1900 to 1940.

Scholarship/Creative Work


Legacies of Losing in American Politics, with Jeffrey K. Tulis, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018).

The State of Disunion: Regional Sources of Modern American Partisanship (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).


“Continuity and Confusion in the Electorate,” in The Elections of 2016, Michael Nelson, ed., (Washington D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2017).

“The Democratic Fit: Party Reform and the Eugenics Tool,” in The Progressives’ Century, Bruce Ackerman, Stephen Skowronek, and Stephen Engel, eds., (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016).

“The Anti-Federal Appropriation,” with Jeffrey K. Tulis, American Political Thought. 3:1 (Spring 2014).

“How the Democrats Rejuvenated Their Coalition,” in The Elections of 2012, Michael Nelson, ed., (Washington D.C.: CQ Press, 2013).

“Foreign Policy, Bipartisanship, and the Paradox of Post-September 11 America,” with Peter Trubowitz, International Politics. 48:2/3 (2011): 164-187.

“Mapping ambivalence in American politics: a view from political science,” Political Geography. 28:6 (2009): 332-342.

“A Blue Nation?” in The Elections of 2008, Michael Nelson, ed., (Washington D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2009).

“The Rhetorical Presidency and the Partisan Echo Chamber,” Critical Review. 19:2-3 (2007): 367-378.

“Andrew Johnson and the Politics of Failure,” with Jeffrey K. Tulis, in Formative Acts: Reckoning with Agency in American Politics, Steven Skowronek and Matt Glassman, eds. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007).

“The Election of 2004 and the Roots of Republican Success,” in The Elections of 2004, Michael Nelson, ed. (Washington D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2005).

“Going Bipartisan: Politics by Other Means,” with Peter Trubowitz, Political Science Quarterly. 120:3 (Fall 2005) : 433-453.

“Red Versus Blue: American Electoral Geography and Congressional Bipartisanship, 1898-2002,” with Peter Trubowitz, Political Geography. 24 (2005) : 659-677.

“The State of Gender Studies in Political Science,” with Gretchen Ritter, The Annals of the American Academy in Political and Social Science. 571 (September 2000) : 121-134