Rob Mickey

I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Faculty Associate at the Center for Political Studies. I spent 2006-2008 at UC-Berkeley, where I was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research. In another life, I worked for five years in Prague at a European-American nonprofit organization involved in policy assistance and research, where I focused on ethnic politics in East Central Europe and the Balkans. I grew up in Austin, Texas, where I spent a lot of time watching my friend Landis Armstrong practice the guitar (he got really good).

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I teach and study U.S. politics in historical (and occasionally cross-national) perspective. I'm interested in the contemporary politics of American economic inequality, racial politics, and American political development.

At the undergraduate level, I teach the department's introductory course to U.S. politics, as well as courses on the politics of economic inequality, America's political economy, U.S. policymaking, race and American political development, urban politics, southern political development, and slavery. I have also helped run the department's honors thesis program. For graduate students, I teach the department's pro-seminar in U.S. politics, American political development, U.S. political economy, organized interests, and race and American political development. I have also taught seminars on U.S. parties, urban politics, and regimes and regime change, as well as causal inference in small-n research (with Anna Grzymala-Busse). Since 2008, I have served as a core faculty member of the University of Michigan site of the RWJ Scholars in Health Policy Research Program.

My first book is Paths Out of Dixie: The Democratization of Authoritarian Enclaves in America's Deep South, 1944-1972 (Princeton University Press). The book's bibliography is available in PDF format here. The book won the J. David Greenstone prize from the APSA's Politics & History section for the best book published in 2014 or 2015, and the V. O. Key award for best book published in 2015 on southern politics (awarded by the Southern Political Science Association).

I am now working on two book-length research projects:

*Shareholders in Crisis: Public Sector Unions Amidst the American Political Economy

*Elite Communications and Racial Group Conflict in the 21st Century (supported by National Science Foundation Award No. 0920838), with collaborators Vince Hutchings, Ashley Jardina, and the late Hanes Walton, whom we miss terribly

Other research interests include:

*U.S. Transitional Justice in Comparative Perspective (with Rick Valelly)
*The American Party Platforms Project, should funding ever arrive (with Eric Schickler)
*Partisan Learning, National Health Insurance, and the Politics of Community Health Centers

Here's my CV.


This consists chiefly of chasing Rachel and Sam around the house with my partner-in-crime, Jenny Traig. The children's many charms have not yet been monetized, but could be.

This would be harder to monetize: