Timothy Nokken is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at
Texas Tech University. Professor Nokken received his B.A. in Political Science and
Economics from Moorhead (MN) State University, and his M.A and PhD in Political Science
from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
His primary teaching and research interests lie in the field of the American Political Institutions, namely the United States Congress, and American Political Development. He is particularly interested the historical development of legislative institutions and political parties, as well as party switching among members of Congress. Nokken's current research agenda centers investigates how electoral incentives influence legislative behavior and agenda construction by comparing roll call voting across regular and lame duck sessions of the United States House of Representatives. His work appears in the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Studies in American Political Development, American Politics Research, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics.