Steven Rogers is a graduate student in Princeton University’s Department of Politics. In my research, I evaluate the extent to which elections serve as a mechanism for accountability and representation. My dissertation addresses whether elections serve to hold state legislators accountable. Other current research projects investigate the role of primaries and term limits in legislatures. Before pursuing my Ph.D., I received an M.A. in political science from The George Washington University, where my thesis focused on the impact the Seventeenth Amendment and the institution of the direct elections had on electoral responsiveness of senate elections.
Prior to attending Princeton, I worked for party organizations devoted to electing state legislators. With the Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee, I managed three legislative campaigns in St. Louis County. At the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, I developed DLCCWeb, a program that helped hundreds of candidates develop campaign web sites at an economy of scale price. These experiences gave me a better understanding of campaigns and political parties. This has been very helpful in my academic work in studying elections. They additionally motivated research questions. For example while working for the Missouri HDCC, discussions with potential candidates led to a paper on challenger entry decisions in states with legislative term limits.
Outside of politics, I have a healthy interest in sports. I was born and raised in St. Louis, and my loyalties lie with the Cardinals and (more frustratingly) the Rams. Merging my interests of technology and sports, I run the main fan web site devoted to Saint Louis University men’s basketball. On Billikens.com, hundreds of fans discuss their favorite college basketball team. I have been running the site since elementary school, and it proves to be a fun hobby.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about me or my research.