Tristan Hightower is a PhD student in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. His primary subfield is American Politics with specific interests in Congress, interest groups, and polarization. His secondary field is quantitative methods with a focus on the organizational ecology of interest groups. Before starting graduate school at Maryland, Tristan graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is also a graduate of the Chancellor’s Honors Program at UT. Outside of academia, Tristan has interned for a U.S. Senator’s field office and on the Hill for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

 

Journal Articles

Hightower, Tristan M. Forthcoming. "Packed Pews: Understanding Evangelical Group Formation." Interest Groups & Advocacy.

Gimpel, James G., Tristan M. Hightower, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. Forthcoming. "The Geography of Law: Understanding the Origin of State and Federal Redistricting Cases." Political Research Quarterly. 

Hightower, Tristan M. 2019. "Tennessee's Promise: Education for All?" Pursuit - The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee 9(1): Article 4.

 

Degrees

MA | Government and Politics | University of Maryland | Dec. 2020

BA with honors | Political Science | University of Tennessee | Dec. 2017

 

Areas of Interest

  • Congress
  • Interest Groups/Representation
  • Politics and Religion

Awards

  • 2020-05-01
    UMD BSOS Excellence in Teaching

Conferences

  • "Moral Mobilization: Megachurches as Interest Groups in the States," Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.
  • "The Antagonistic Advantage: Personality Representation in the U.S. Senate," Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, with Ryan W. Frazier.
  • "Righteous Representation: Megachurches as Interest Groups in the TN General Assembly," Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association.
  • "The Geography of Law: Understanding the Origin of State and Federal Redistricting Cases," Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, with James G. Gimpel and Patrick C. Wohlfarth.

Research Topics

  • American Politics
  • Methodology
Campus
Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 22CP Student Vice President (2019-present)
Campus
GVPT Graduate Student Association First Year Representative (2018-19)
Campus
GVPT Graduate Student Association Co-Chair (2019-2020)
National
Leadership Consultant, Phi Kappa Phi Biannual Summit, July 2019
National
Mentor, Strive for College, Sep. 2020-Present.
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