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Jordan Ragusa

Associate Professor, College of Charleston

Jordan Ragusa earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2011. Dr. Ragusa also has an M.A. from the University of Florida and a B.S. in secondary education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Dr. Ragusa’s research focuses on the U.S. Congress, with specific interests on the effect(s) of political parties, polarization, and legislative organization on roll-call behavior and the policymaking process. His published work also includes research on the presidency, congressional and presidential elections, political behavior, and political economy. His research is published in Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, Research & Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties.

Dr. Ragusa is currently at work on a book on repeals in Congress (with Nate Birkhead, Kansas State University). Using an original database of all major repeals from 1877 to 2012, the book seeks to answer the question of when and why repeals happen. One of the book’s core arguments is that when Congress repeals laws, it often does so when parties are unified in opposition to one another’s signature accomplishments, usually after the minority at passage re-gains power after a long period out of power.

Dr. Ragusa is also the co-director College’s American Politics Research Team, a research fellow in the Center for Public Choice and Market Process, and a columnist for the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group at


In border dispute, focus should be on Congress

January 11, 2019
President Trump is increasingly going public in an effort to secure funding for his border wall.  On Tuesday, Trump gave his first ever prime-time Oval Office address, and yesterday, he… Read More

Congressional behavior in the Trump era

June 6, 2018
Image source: NRO By Jordan M. Ragusa No doubt one of the most discussed political issues in the last two years is whether and how Donald Trump’s presidency is changing… Read More

Whether and how intraparty organizations matter

January 25, 2018
Source: Gannett By Jordan M. Ragusa Congress seems hopelessly divided between two warring parties.  From a spending impasse that caused a government shutdown to a tax reform bill that didn’t… Read More

Congress’s Socioeconomic Biases: Does It Matter for Tax Reform?

December 7, 2017
Last month, my colleagues Casey Burgat and Charles Hunt created an interactive graphic of the net worth of the 114th House.  Check out their graphic, but… Read More

A Gun Control Paradox? Four Reasons Why Congress Does Not Adopt Stricter Gun Laws

October 3, 2017
Source: Pew Research Center, 2013. By Jordan M. Ragusa In the days and weeks after any mass shooting, journalists, pundits, and other political observers often note a paradox on the… Read More

How Tuesday’s Primary Election in Alabama Could Shape the Future of the Senate—For the Worse

September 25, 2017
By Jordan M. Ragusa Member adaption vs. member replacement. Source: prof. Jordan M. Ragusa. A rare off-year special election in underway in Alabama to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff… Read More

Just How “Special” Are Special Elections?

June 8, 2016
By Jordan Ragusa and Gibbs Knotts [Another version of the post was published on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.  Gibbs Knotts helped write this article.] On September 25th,… Read More

Ohio’s Issue 3 Could Influence Federal Decriminalization Efforts

November 9, 2015
[An earlier version of this blog post was published by The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.  See here.  Thanks to John Sides for his support.] Last Tuesday, voters in Ohio rejected… Read More