Joshua N. Zingher

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Old Dominion University


My name is Josh Zingher and I am an assistant professor of political science at Old Dominion University, where I teach classes on American politics, political behavior, and research methodology and statistics.

My research focuses on the relationship between voters, political parties, and elections.  I am especially interested in the politics of race and class, as well as understanding how effectively groups are represented in the halls of government.  My work seeks to understand how social divisions structure the political process, all the way from influencing individual-level voting behavior to the shaping election outcomes in the aggregate.  To answer these questions, I ground my thinking in what I consider core empirical concepts, such as the normal vote, the translation of votes into seats, and estimates of partisan equilibrium in electoral systems.  I aim to test hypotheses derived from theory with statistical techniques.  I am particularly interested in the concept of measurement and I utilize several different measurement models in my research with the goal of uncovering the latent ideological dimensions that structure the electorate’s political orientations.  

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