Thomas K. Ogorzalek
Northswestern Political Science

My research is situated at the intersection of urban politics, the politics of race and ethnicity, and American Political Development. These interests have led me to pay close attention to the work done by informal institutions in shaping politics and in the causal roles played by space and place in political phenomena. I am currently engaged in three parallel projects related to this substance that contribute to my research agenda.

My book project, Cities on the Hill, focuses on urban representation in Congress over the course of American history (with a focus on the 20th century), examining the role of distinctive local institutions in the development of a urban national political alignment characterized by notably cohesive representation in support of what we now call progressive liberalism.

The second project, currently called Filibuster Vigilantly, theorizes the role of what I call the “liminal state” in policy implementation (particularly the exercise of force on persons) in American politics, from the early 18th century to the present.

The third project, currently titled Working Families in Global Cities, is a comparative analysis of recent big city elections in America's global cities, with an emphasis on the effects of immigration and gentrification on politics and policy.

Methodologically, my research integrates several approaches of data collection and analysis, including statistics, survey implementation, case studies, historical institutionalism, and geographic information systems. 

To read some recent work, click here.