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Casey Dominguez, PhD

Associate Professor

Casey B. K. Dominguez, PhD, joined the USD Political Science faculty in 2005. Her research interests include congressional elections, political parties, campaign finance, and the presidency. She teaches upper and lower division classes on American Politics, as well as an upper division class on research methods.

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Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., University of California, Berkeley


Scholarly and Creative Work

Dominguez’ research focuses on the institutional and financial relationships between political parties and interest groups. She has published papers that identify legislative and electoral interest group coalitions (American Political Research 2009). Her work has also shown that party elite and interest group endorsements confer measurable advantages on congressional primary candidates (Political Research Quarterly 2011). Her dissertation research investigated patterns in the behavior of party elites prior to congressional primary elections.

She has also written about presidential elections, the presidential honeymoon period, and is currently researching congressional responses to presidential assertions of expanded war powers.

Teaching Interests

Dominguez' teaching interests include a wide range of topics in American politics. She teaches the introductory American Politics class, as well as upper division courses on the presidency, parties and interest groups, and campaigns and elections. She has also taught classes incorporating research methodology, including the Political Science/International Relations research Capstone, and an interdisciplinary honors course in Social Network Analysis.