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    Kirkland lands position with the University of Houston

    Justin has recently accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Houston. He will begin in August of 2012 and will teach courses focused on state politics, legislative politics, and research methods in political science. Justin specializes in research focused on legislative behavior, organized interest environments, public opinion towards institutions of government, and methods of social network analysis. His most recent work from his dissertation examines the cosponsorship patterns across all 99 state legislative chambers in 2007, and attempts to integrate relational patterns between legislators into models of legislative outcomes. This work was funded by a National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant, and has produced publications in The Journal of Politics and Legislative Studies Quarterly. Justin has also published works in State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Business and Politics, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Social Science Quarterly, and International Interactions.  His dissertation committee is Tom Carsey (advisor), Virginia Gray, Jason Roberts, Justin Gross, and Skyler Cranmer.

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