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									                                Matthew Bergbower
                           1901 Karen Ct. Apt. 6
                           Champaign, IL 61822
                            (Cell) 217-549-2603
                             mlbsox@siu.edu
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Education
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University (Political Science), degree expected 2009.
Fields: American Politics, Public Law and Methodology
M.A. Eastern Illinois University (Political Science), August 2004.
Fields: American Politics and International Relations
B.A. Eastern Illinois University (Political Science), May 2003.

Dissertation
Title: Voting Correctly in Senate Elections
Committee: Scott D. McClurg (Chair), J. Tobin Grant, Scott Comparato, Steven D.
Roper, and John M. Pearson
Abstract: My research examines the informational environment within Senate campaigns
and voters’ evaluation of the candidates. While early work on voting behavior suggests a
strong level of incoherence and irrationality among the public, recent studies argue that
challenges to America’s democratic representativeness are largely exaggerated.
However, these findings largely rest on political behavior studies that examine
presidential campaigns, when the public is more politically knowledgeable of the
candidates. During Senate elections however, voters are likely to know less in regards to
the policy concerns of Senate candidates and the political experiences of non-incumbents.
As such, votes cast may not represent the true interest of the citizenry. I modify a voting
correctly formula previously developed for presidential elections to understand if voters
are able to act on their sincere preferences in electing Senate candidates.
Publications
“U.S. Senate, Campaigns.” 2008. Encyclopedia of Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral
Behavior, ed. Kenneth F. Warren. Sage Publishing.
“Issue Salience and Voting Behavior.” 2008. Encyclopedia of Campaigns, Elections,
and Electoral Behavior, ed. Kenneth F. Warren. Sage Publishing.
Book review of The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations of Party Politics by
Richard Johnson, Michael G. Hagen, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson. 2005. Political
Studies Review. 4(1): 82-83.




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Conference Participation and Other Research Presentations
“Campaign Messages and Voting Correctly in Congressional Elections” (with Carly
Schmitt). Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Conference.
Chicago, IL. (Aug. 2007).
“Deciding What to Run On: Campaign Messages in Congressional Elections” Paper
presented at Midwest Political Science Association Conference. Chicago, IL. (Apr.
2007).
“The Partisan Content of Candidate Messages” (with Scott D. McClurg and Thomas M.
Holbrook). Paper presented at Midwest Political Science Association Conference.
Chicago, IL. (Apr. 2007).
“Negative Campaign Advertising Revisited” Poster presented at Midwest Political
Science Association Conference. Chicago, IL. (Apr. 2006).
Chair. “Campaign Advertising Dynamics” Midwest Political Science Association
Conference. Chicago, IL. (Apr. 2006).
“How Influential is the Solicitor General?” Poster presented at the Department of
Political Science Graduate Student Exposition. Carbondale, IL. (Dec. 2005).
“Clean Water Policies and the Clinton Administration” (with Uday Desai). Paper
presented at the Works in Progress Session at Southern Illinois University. Carbondale,
IL. (Oct. 2005).
“Campaigning Against Washington: An Analysis of Senate Candidates Running as
Washington Outsiders” Paper presented at Midwest Political Science Association
Conference. Chicago, IL. (Apr.2005).
“Chechnya’s Last Resort” Poster presented at Eastern Illinois University’s Graduate
Student Exposition. Charleston, IL. (Apr. 2004).
“Chechnya’s Last Resort” Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association
Conference. Chicago, IL. (Apr. 2004).
“Citizenship in the Baltic States” Paper presented at the International Studies Association
Midwest Conference. St. Louis, MO. (Nov. 2003).

Manuscripts in Preparation
The Partisan Content of Candidate Messages (with Scott D. McClurg and Thomas M.
Holbrook)




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Fields of Interest/Teaching Competency
American Politics                                    American Institutions
Campaigns and Elections                              State and Local Government
Political Behavior                                   Research Methods
Political Parties                                    Constitutional Law
Judicial Politics                                    Law and Society

Instructor Teaching Experience
State and Local Government, Southern Illinois University (Spring 2007).

Teaching Assistance Experience
Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Southern Illinois University
(Spring 2008).
Civil Liberties & Rights, Southern Illinois University (Summer 2007).
Constitutional Law I: Institutions, Southern Illinois University (Fall 2006 and Fall 2007).
Campaigns and Elections, Southern Illinois University (Fall 2004 and Summer 2006).
Introduction to American Government, Eastern Illinois University (Fall 2003 – Spring
2004).

Awards and Grants
Dissertation Research Assistant Award, Southern Illinois University (2007-2008).
APSA Nomination for Best Graduate Student Paper – Political Communication organized
section (2007).
Public Law Preliminary Examination–Pass with Distinction (2006).
College of Liberal Arts/Department of Political Science Travel Grant, Southern Illinois
University (2005, 2006, and 2007).
Pi Sigma Alpha’s Most Outstanding Member Award, Delta Psi Chapter of Eastern
Illinois University (2004).
Presidential Assistantship, Eastern Illinois University (2003-2004).
Williams Travel Grant, Eastern Illinois University (2003 and 2004).

Internships and Related Experience
Illinois Lieutenant Governor’s Office – Policy Assistant to the Director of Rural Affairs
(Summer 2003).
Illinois Coalition for Community Service - Assistant to the Policy Director (Spring 2003).




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Professional Membership
American Political Science Association (Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior
Section)
Midwest Political Science Association
Pi Sigma Alpha

Professional Service
Review of State and Local Government: Sustainable Communities of the 21st Century by
Christopher A. Simon, Nicholas Lovrich and Brent Steel.

References
Scott D. McClurg                                  J. Tobin Grant
Department of Political Science                   Department of Political Science
Mail Code 4501                                    Mail Code 4501
Southern Illinois University                      Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901                              Carbondale, IL 62901
mcclurg@siu.edu                                   grant@siu.edu
(618)-453-3191                                    (618)-453-3195
Steven D. Roper                                   Scott Comparato
Department of Political Science                   Department of Political Science
600 Lincoln Ave.                                  Mail Code 4501
Eastern Illinois University                       Southern Illinois University
Charleston, IL. 61920                             Carbondale, IL 62901
sdroper@eiu.edu                                   scompara@siu.edu
(217)-581-6221                                    (618)-453-3193




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