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Carlos Algara


  • PhD, Political Science, University of California, Davis (2019)
  • MPP, School of Public Policy, Oregon State University (2012)
  • BA, Political Science, Washington State University (2009)


I received my Ph.D in Political Science from the University of California, Davis, where I was also a graduate student affiliate in the Social & Political Interacting Networks Group. For the 2019 Spring semester, I also held an appointment as a Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Sacramento State University. For the forthcoming academic year, I will be a part of the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program 2019-2020 class of Congressional Fellows.

My research agenda focuses broadly on the nature of ideological representation, collective accountability, voter decision rules in congressional elections, and legislative behavior. My dissertation project focuses on what determines citizen perceptions of congressional job performance and how these perceptions shape electoral outcomes and partisan legislative incentives. I expect to defend this dissertation project, supervised by Professors Walter Stone and Erik Engstrom, in May 2019.

I also have an interest and various working papers on applied ideal point estimation methods and social network analysis. For further information on my dissertation manuscripts, teaching focus & materials, and working manuscripts please visit my website at https://calgara.github.io.

Selected Publications

Algara, Carlos, and Joseph Zamadics (University of Colorado). “The Member Level Determinants & Consequences of Party Legislative Obstruction in the U.S. Senate.” American Politics Research, 2018, 1-35.

Research featured in Invited London School of Economics United States Politics & Policy Blog Post (March 14, 2019). 

Barnett, George (University of California, Davis) and Carlos Algara. “Diachronic Equivalence: An Examination of the International News Network.” Social Network Analysis and Mining, 2019, 1-25.

Algara, Carlos and Isaac Hale (University of California, Davis). “The Distorting Effects of Racial Animus on Proximity Voting in the 2016 Elections.” Electoral Studies, 2019, 58-69.

Research featured in The New York Times: The Deepening `Racialization' of American Politics (Feb. 27, 2019).

Research featured in Pacific Standard: Trump's Racist Remarks Helped Boost Down-Ballot Republicans in 2016 (April 9, 2019).

Research featured in The New York Times: Trump Sets the 2020 Tone: Like 2016, Only This Time 'the Squad' is Here (July 16, 2019).

Research featured in La Tecera (Santiago, Chile Based Daily Newspaper): Ataques Racistas de Trump a Congresistas Definne Tono De Su Campaña Presidencial (Interview with Cristina Cifuenetes, U.S. Politics Reporter; July 17, 2019).

Algara, Carlos. “The Conditioning Role of Polarization in U.S. Senate Election Outcomes: A Direct-Election Era & Voter-Level Analysis.” Electoral Studies, 2019,1-16.

Research featured in Invited LegBranch Blog Post: The National Tides Falls Short in the U.S. Senate (March 19, 2019).

Algara, Carlos. “Congressional Approval & Responsible Party Government: The Role of Partisanship & Ideology in Citizen Assessments of the Contemporary U.S. Congress.” Invited to Revise & Resubmit at Political Behavior. November 2019.



In my capacity as an Associate Instructor at the University of California, Davis, I have developed and taught two Introduction to American Politics sections. To view course materials, such as course lectures and handouts, please view the interactive course syllabus GitPages on my website: Pol 1 (Summer 2018) & Pol 1 (Fall 2017)

Please see https://calgara.github.io/teaching.html for a comprehensive teaching portfolio.


  • 2019 Emerging Congressional Scholars Dinner Honorarium Award, Hewlett Foundation Madison Initiative & American University
  • 2019 Harrell Rodgers Policy Studies Graduate Student Travel Scholarship, Midwest Political Science Association
  • 2018 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting Travel Grant
  • 2018 National Science Foundation Travel & Workshop Fellowship to the Annual Political Networks Conference
  • 2018 UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences & Humanities Institute Workshop Retreat
  • 2018 UC Davis Graduate Student Association Conference Travel Grant
  • 2016 UC Davis Faculty-Student Summer Collaborative Research Fellowship
  • 2016 UC Davis Humanties Institute Startup Grant for the American Politics Reading Group (with Ross Butters & Professor Chris Hare) 
  • 2016, 2017, 2018 Department Travel Grant to Attend the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association
  • 2016 Department Travel Grant to Attend the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association
  • 2010-2012 School of Public Policy Masters of Public Policy Fellowship, Oregon State University