Rachael Vanessa Cobb, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Government

Phone: 617-305-6380
Fax: 617-367-4623
Email: rcobb@suffolk.edu
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 1092

Education

  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BA, Bryn Mawr College

Fields of Interest

  • American electoral politics and election administration
  • American politics and public policy
  • Civic engagement and citizenship

Employment

Associate Professor of Government, Suffolk University, 2011-present

Assistant Professor of Government, Suffolk University, 2006-2011

Visiting Professor of Government, Suffolk University, July 2005-May 2006

Publications, Conference Papers, Presentations, and Invited Talks

“Can Voter ID Laws Be Administered in a Race-Neutral Manner? Evidence from the City of Boston in 2008,” (with D. James Greiner and Kevin M. Quinn) Quarterly Journal of Political Science 7:1-33.

“Disconnection and Reorganization: The Transformation of Civic Life in Late-20th-Century America” (with Theda Skocpol and Casey Klofstadt) Studies in American Political Development, Fall 2005.

“Explaining Endorsement Activity in Six States.” Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Sep. 2, 2004, Chicago and at the MIT Works in Progress Seminar, October, 2004.

Principal Investigator, United States Election Assistance Commission, 2010 Help America Vote College Program Grant, University Pollworkers at Suffolk University, $30,211, May 28, 2010. http://www.eac.gov/News/eac-announces-winners-of-grants-to-recruit-college-poll-workers-1/base_view

“Disconnection and Reorganization: The Transformation of Civic Life in Late-20th-Century America” (with Theda Skocpol and Casey Klofstadt) Studies in American Political Development, Fall 2005.

“Explaining Endorsement Activity in Six States.” Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Sep. 2, 2004, Chicago and at the MIT Works in Progress Seminar, October, 2004.

“A new balance of power: interest groups and political parties in the American States, 1970-2000.” Paper presented at MIT’s Works in Progress Seminar, October 2003; Earlier version presented at Harvard University American Politics Research Workshop, September 2002.

“What Elite Data Can Tell Us About American Civic Life: Associational Affiliations of Massachusetts State Senators, 1900-2000.” Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Apr. 24-28, 2002, and the American Political Science Association National Meeting, San Francisco, Aug. 30-Sep. 2, 2001 with Theda Skocpol and Casey Klofstad.

“The Yard Sign’s Role in Local Elections: Preliminary Findings.” Paper presented at the MIT American Politics seminar series. Cambridge, MA., April 5, 2000.

“Unionizing the Homecare Workers of Los Angeles County.” Paper presented at the Subcontracted Work Initiative Forum, Washington, D.C., Nov. 18-19, 1999.

Panel discussant, “Social Capital and Political History,” American Political Science Association National Meeting, Boston MA, Aug. 29-Sep.1, 2002.

Panelist, “Struggling to Change: New Labor Strategies for a New Economy,” at the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research Symposium on Changing Employment Relations and New Institutions of Representation, Cambridge, MA, May 25-26, 1999.

Courses Taught

GVT 110 - Introduction to American Government
GVT H110 - Honors Introduction to American Government
GVT 120 - Introduction to Research Methods
GVT 223 - American Politics and Institutions
GVT 224 - American Politics and Policy
GVT 315/615 - Labor and Politics
GVT 360/678 - Elections and Voting
GVT 436/631 - Topics in Public Policy: The Politics of Privatization
GVT 452/852 - Boston's Future: Local Politics in a Global Context
GVT 513 - The Presidency, Congress, and the Media 
GVT 776 - Advanced Research Methods for Professional Politics
SF 101 - Inequality and Democracy: From the Local to the International