Raymond La Raja

Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

My research interests include political parties, interest groups, elections, campaign finance, political participation, American state politics, public policy and political reform. I am co-founder and former co-editor of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics and I am a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Campaign Finance Institute. My most recent book, with Brian Schaffner, is Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail (Univ. of MIchigan Press 2015), which was the winner of the Virginia Gray Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association's State Politics and Policy section. I am Associate Director of the UMass Poll, which conducts public opinion research in Massachusetts and the United States to inform policymaking.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst