Who We Are

Loren Collingwood  is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at University of California, Riverside. His research and teaching interests include American politics, campaigns and elections, voting behavior, public opinion, race and ethnic politics, and political methodology. Collingwood's research has appeared in American Politics ResearchElectoral Studies, Journal of Information Technology and PoliticsPolitical Research Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, the R JournalUrban Affairs Review, and other peer reviewed journals.  His CV is here.

Katie Baird is an economist at the University of Washington Tacoma and Chair of UWT's Division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. She specializes in public economics and public policy analysis. Her recent research has compared the financial burden out-of- pocket medical expenses place on the poor and elderly in different countries. Prior projects investigated the effect of K-12 and higher education policies on social mobility, work which culminated in her book Trapped in Mediocrity. Dr. Baird spent three years as a columnist for Tacoma's News Tribune, and in 2015 was elected to the Pierce County Charter Review Commission. Read her blog here, and find her CV here.

Will McGuire is an economist at the University of Washington Tacoma in the division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. His research interests are mostly in international trade and economic development, especially as they relate to the Chinese economy. He has published on a wide range of topics related to the Chinese economy, covering innovation and economic growth, food safety, labor markets, and environmental sustainability. He has also worked on several projects related to environmental governance in the United States. This includes the adoption of voluntary environmental standards among US manufacturing firms and environmental valuation in the South Puget Sound.

Sarah Cote Hampson is an assistant professor of public law in the University of Washington Tacoma's Division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. Dr. Hampson received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut in 2014 with a research focus on gender, race, and access in U.S. law, politics and public policy. Her 2017 book, The Balance Gap: Working Mothers and the Limits of the Law, is available from Stanford University Press.

Benjamin Gonzalez O’Brien is a political scientist at San Diego State University with research interests in American politics, racial and ethnic politics, public opinion, and American political development. His primary area of research is U.S. immigration policy and recently published his book (University of Virginia Press), Handcuffs and Chain Link: Undocumented Immigration and the Politics of Criminality. In this book, Dr. Gonzalez O’Brien traces the historical roots of contemporary beliefs in immigrant criminality and analyzes modern public opinion on the immigrant-as-criminal narrative. Other areas of research have included interracial attitudes, cross-racial mobilization, and sanctuary city policies.