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My research interests are political institutions, parties, legislative and electoral politics, and positive political theory. In broadest terms, I study the impact of electoral and legislative institutions on political outcomes. Substantively, my research assesses dynamics within the American two-party system: party issue positions, effects of electoral and legislative institutions, and the influence of third parties on the major parties. Given my deep theoretical interests in party politics, I also study party politics from a comparative perspective in order to leverage cross-national variation in institutions and party competition.

My general approach to research follows the Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) framework by utilizing both formal modeling and quantitative analysis.

Working papers

"Influence of State Party Politics on Public Attitudes on Compromise," with Elizabeth Maltby. Revise and resubmit.

"Permeable Boundaries: The Interplay between Major Party Primary and Third Party Candidacies," with Aaron King. Revise and resubmit.

"Explaining Variation in the Use of Electoral Fusion," with Tanner Bates.


Jensen, Christian B. and Daniel J. Lee. 2021. "Potential Centrifugal Effects of Majoritarian Features in Proportional Electoral Systems." Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Online First.

Lee, Daniel J. and Sean Goff. 2021. "A Sum of Its Parts: Party Fit and Party Change in the US House." American Politics Research 49(5): 464-477.

Jensen, Christian, Michelle Kuenzi, and Daniel J. Lee. 2020. "The Effects of Political Parties on Roll Call Voting in Kenya." Journal of Legislative Studies 26(4): 523-541.

Lee, Daniel J. and Michael C. Brady. 2020. "Coordination and Party Change in the US." American Politics Research 48(6): 807-821.

Goff, Sean and Daniel J. Lee. 2019. "Prospects for Third Party Electoral Success in a Polarized Era." American Politics Research 47(6): 1324-1344

Jensen, Christian and Daniel J. Lee. 2017. "Predicting Ambiguity: Costs, Benefits, and Party Competition." Political Research Quarterly 70(2): 301-313.

Lee, Daniel J. and Rachel Schutte. 2017. "Elite-level Issue Dynamics: Assessing Perspectives on Party Issue Change." Party Politics 23(3): 205-219. Online Appendix.

Aldrich, John H. and Daniel J. Lee. 2016. "Why Two Parties? Ambition, Policy, and the Presidency," Political Science Research and Methods 4(2): 275-292.

Brady, Michael C. and Daniel J. Lee. 2016. "Another Tool in the Party Toolbox? Tracing the Strategic Expansion of Committee Size in the U.S. House, 1947-2010." Party Politics 22(6): 784-796.

Lee, Daniel J. 2014. "Third-Party Threat and the Dimensionality of Major-Party Roll Call Voting." Public Choice 159(3): 515-531. Online Appendix.

Lee, Daniel J. 2012. "Take the Good with the Bad: Cross-Cutting Effects of Ballot Access Restrictions on Third-Party Electoral Success." American Politics Research 40(2): 267- 292.

Lee, Daniel J. 2012. "Anticipating Entry: Major Party Positioning and Third Party Threat." Political Research Quarterly 65(1): 138-150. Online Appendix.

Abramson, Aldrich, Blais, Diskin, Indridason, Lee, and Levine. 2010. "Comparing Strategic Voting under FPTP and PR." Comparative Political Studies 43(1): 61-90.

John Transue, Daniel J. Lee, and John H. Aldrich. 2009. "Treatment Spillover Effects Across Survey Experiments." Political Analysis 17(2): 143-161.

Lee, Daniel J. 2008. "Going Once, Going Twice, Sold! The Committee Assignment Process as an All-Pay Auction." Public Choice 135: 237-255.

Abramson, Aldrich, Blais, Lee, and Levine. 2007. "Coalition Considerations and the Vote" with  In The Elections in Israel, 2006, edited volume.