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Seth Masket

Seth Masket
Seth Masket

Seth Masket is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Denver. He is the author of The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How they Weaken Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2016) and No Middle Ground: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures (University of Michigan Press, 2009). His research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and other peer-reviewed publications.

Masket has a weekly on-line column with Pacific Standard and is a founder of and regular contributor to's Mischiefs of Faction blog. His work has also appeared at The Monkey Cage, FiveThirtyEight, Politico, and the New York Times.


PhD, political science, University of California at Los Angeles, 2004
MA, campaign management, The George Washington University, 1996
BA, political science, University of California at Berkeley, 1991