I am an associate professor in the Carl Albert Center and the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma.  My research and teaching interests span the fields of American politics and research methodology, with a particular focus on the development and organization of American political institutions (primarily the U.S. Congress) and congressional elections. My ongoing work centers on the transformation of the U.S. House and congressional leadership during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

My published work appears in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research. I am the recipient of the Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association and the CQ Press Award for the best paper on legislative politics presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.

I earned my Ph.D. from Michigan State University, where I was a Fellow in the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program (now housed at Duke University). Prior to my current appointment at OU, I held faculty appointments at the University of South Carolina and the University at Buffalo (SUNY).


Curriculum Vitae


Recent and forthcoming publications:

Charles J. Finocchiaro and Scott A. MacKenzie. N.D. “Making Washington Work: Legislative Entrepreneurship and the Personal Vote from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression.” American Journal of Political Science (forthcoming). View

Susanne Schorpp and Charles J. Finocchiaro. N.D. “Congress and the President in Times of War.” American Politics Research (forthcoming). View

Charles J. Finocchiaro and Jeffery A. Jenkins. 2016. “Distributive Politics, the Electoral Connection, and the Antebellum U.S. Congress: The Case of Military Service Pensions.” Journal of Theoretical Politics 28: 192-224. View

Recent papers:

Charles J. Finocchiaro. “The Public Buildings Boom: Distributive and Partisan Politics in Congress”

Charles J. Finocchiaro and Scott A. MacKenzie. “Grist for the Hill: How Constituency Demand and Committee Service Influence Legislators’ Attention to Issues”

David Darmofal, Charles J. Finocchiaro, and Indridi Indridason. “Roll-Call Voting Under Random Seating Assignment”


Coming soon … stay tuned!