Charles J. Finocchiaro

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science

::Recent Papers::

The Public Buildings Boom: Distributive and Partisan Politics in Congress

Making Washington Work: The Effects of Institutions, Electoral Competition and Political Experience on Legislative Entrepreneurship (with S. MacKenzie)

Congress and the President in Times of War (S. Schorpp)

Bill Sponsorship and Issue Attention in the Modernizing Congress (
with S. MacKenzie)

::Recent & Forthcoming Publications::

Earmarks and Subcommittee Government in the U.S. Congress (with A. Clemens & M. Crespin) American Politics Research

Distributive Politics, the Electoral Connection, and the Antebellum U.S. Congress: The Case of Military Service Pensions (with J. Jenkins) Journal of Theoretical Politics

The Political Geography of Distributive Politics (with A. Clemens & M. Crespin) Legislative Studies Quarterly

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::Spring 2016 Teaching::

POLI 462: Legislative Process (Honors)
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POLI 760: American Government and Politics
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Previous courses


Charles J. Finocchiaro is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. His research and teaching interests cover the fields of American politics and research methodology, with a particular focus on American political institutions (especially the U.S. Congress) and congressional elections.

Professor Finocchiaro earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, where he was a Fellow in the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program.

For more information about his research, classes, or to contact him, navigate the links at the top of this page.


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