Will Patton
PhD Candidate
Political Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Welcome! I am a PhD Candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Political Science. I am currently a member of the Royster Society of Fellows, a selective fellowship organization that has supported my continued education and research in graduate school. I previously earned my M.A. in Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2019, after receiving my B.A. in Political Science and Economics at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA in 2017.

My research focuses primarily on American elections and political institutions, with an emphasis on the U.S. Congress, the presidency, and political parties. My dissertation examines voter and elite behavior in presidential primaries in the post-reform era.

My previous work on the U.S. Congress and the electoral ramifications of the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act in 2018 was recently accepted by Political Behavior, and can be found here. For more information about my research, visit the Research page on this site.

My experience in teaching undergraduates includes courses on the U.S. Congress, the presidency, public policy, and an introduction to American government and politics. To see more about my teaching experience, visit the Teaching section of this site.

Lastly, to access my CV, click here.


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