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. His primary research and teaching interests include the presidency, the media, public opinion, executive-legislative relations and research methods. His substantive interests are in how presidents and Congress work together to manage policy, presidential unilateral action, executive scandal and how presidents lead with their rhetroic.
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 The Provisional Pulpit: Modern Conditional Presidential Leadership of Public Opinion (Texas A&M University Press). His work has also appeared in several edited volumes.
He is also an expert in Texas politics, having worked in Texas politics and taught courses on Texas politics. His first practical experience in electoral politics was in Texas as the Deputy Field Director for the Victor Morales for Senate campaign in 1996. His substantive interests are in Texas gubernatorial and state legislative elections, gubernatorial power, political interest groups in Texas, public policy in Texas and state demographic changes.
His commentary on national and Texas politics has appeared in the Texas Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, the Austin-American Statesman, the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, the San Antonio Express-News the El Paso Times and the Dallas Morning News, CNN, NPR (National, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Columbus, Madison), the Guardian and the New York Times.