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Political Science

Bradley Spahn

Bradley  Spahn
The Forging of The American Voter: Politics Before and After The New Deal Realignment
2017 Dissertation Fellowship
Uncovering Political History using the Complete California Voter Records, 1900–1968
2015 CSS Fellowship

Beginning in 1867, the state of California required all eligible California voters to register to vote. This created a database with the occupation, name, address, and party affiliation of every California voter. This project uses computational methods to explore a period of extraordinary enfranchisement and change in America by analyzing trends in voting records related to women gaining the right to vote, the Great Depression, and employment shifts.