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Dr Kevin Fahey

Dr Kevin Fahey

Research Fellow

School of Law and Politics

1.32, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX

I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Political and Legal Analytics at Cardiff University's School of Law and Politics. I received my Ph.D. at Florida State University. I study political institutions and elite behavior, with specialization in subnational politics. My research has been published at Legislative Studies Quarterly and State Politics & Policy Quarterly.

My primary research interests focus on legislative institutions, exploring in particular the effects of institutions and institutional reforms on the behavior of political elites. My dissertation focuses on the conditions under which sitting lawmakers profit from office.

Additionally, I provide technical assistance and training for other academics, specialising in database management, data analytics, and quantitative research methods in an interdisciplinary setting.

I received my PhD from Florida State University in August 2017.

I taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University from August 2017 - March 2018.

Professional memberships

American Political Science Association

State Politics and Policy Section, APSA

Academic positions

2018-present: Research Fellow, Cardiff University Centre for Political and Legal Analytics

2017-2018: Visiting Assistant Professor, Florida State University

Committees and reviewing

Journal Reviewer: Journal of Politics, American Politics Research, Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy



Fahey, K. (2018). “Demonstrating the (In)Effectiveness of State Legislative Reforms.” Electoral Studies: 56, 35-46.
Fahey, K. (2018). The Perks of Being a Lawmaker: Returns to Office as a Legislative Goal. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 43(1), 37-68.
Fahey, K., Weissert, C. S., & Uttermark, M. J. (2018). Extra, Extra,(Don’t) Roll-off about It! Newspaper Endorsements for Ballot Measures. State Politics & Policy Quarterly, 18(1), 93-113.
Abbott, J. P., & Fahey, K. (2014). The State and Direction of Asian Comparative Politics: Who, What, Where, How?. Journal of East Asian Studies, 14(1), 109-134.

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