I am a Faculty Fellow in Religion and Political Science at Syracuse University. My research centers on political identity and activism as expressed through party politics in the electorate, and in governmental institutions.

I investigate the consequences of changing  political and social identities for party politics including the role of secular and religious identities in shaping partisan affiliation and participation. Specifically, my primary research agenda focuses on the role of secularism and attitudes about science in shaping individual political identification and motivating partisan activism. In addition to my interest in party politics, my research examines religion and politics, political polarization, comparative politics and development, and public opinion.

I was born and raised in Denver, CO. I completed my PhD at the University of Notre Dame and my BA in political science at the University of Oklahoma. I previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Inquiries and contact: mdbrockw@syr.edu

Publications

SPID: A New Database for Inferring Public Policy Innovativeness and Diffusion Networks
Despite its rich tradition, there are key limitations to researchers’ ability to make generalizable...
The Effects of Polarization on Ideological Certainty: An Application to Executive Order Issuance
Many standard models of political institutions frame outcomes as a function of the preferences of key...
Well-Being and the Democratic State: How the Public Sector Promotes Human Happiness
While a growing literature within the study of subjective well-being demonstrates the impact of socio-political...