Dr. Rottinghaus holds a B.A. in political science from Purdue University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science (with emphasis in political communication) from Northwestern University (2005).  His primary research and teaching interests include the presidency, the media, public opinion, executive-legislative relations and research methods.  His work on these subjects has appeared in Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, Political Communication, PS:  Political Science, Electoral Studies, American Politics Research, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency, White House Studies, American Review of Politics.  He author of a book titled The Provisional Pulpit:  Modern Conditional Presidential Leadership of Public Opinion which is forthcoming from Texas A&M University Press.  His work has also appeared in several edited volumes.  He also dabbles in comparative politics (especially comparative political behavior and voting) and has published work in Latin American Politics and Society and has an edited book at Cambridge University Press.   His first practical experience in electoral politics was in Texas as the Deputy Field Director for the Victor Morales for Senate campaign in 1996.  He also co-founded and runs a volunteer political consulting organization designed to assist first-time candidates who have little money or experience in politics.