Aric Gooch

Aric Gooch
American Politics
Comparative Politics
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BS, Social Science Education and Political Science from Southwest Baptist University

Teaching Interests

American Government Institutions and Politics; Comparative Institutions and Politics; American Political Development; Authoritarian Institutions.


President Harry S. Truman is quoted as saying “The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.” He looked to history to better understand the world around him and to guide his actions. This sentiment drives my own research in American political development. My primary research agenda centers around the development of political parties and elections during the American early republic. I use research on American political thought, specifically on representation, to better understand these institutions and others.

My dissertation explores the development of candidate emergence and nomination in the first party era, 1788-1816. Understanding how political parties developed as organizations to structure the candidate emergence process can enlighten our perception of political parties and the nature of American democracy.


“The Development of Representation in American Political Institutions.” 2021. (with Jordan Butcher) Legislative Studies Quarterly 46(4): 1059-1086.

“Congressional Nominations and Party Emergence, 1788-1808.” 2021. (with Jay Dow) Social Science Quarterly 102(6): 2836-2848.