The Catholic University of America


James A. McCann

IPR Visiting Fellow
Email: mccannj[at]

James A. McCann is Professor of Political Science at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.  During the spring of 2011, he was a Visiting Fellow at the IPR and continues to be engaged from the distance in activities at the Institute.  McCann did his graduate studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder and worked as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University before coming to Purdue in 1991.  He conducts research on public opinion, participation, political parties, and representation, both in the United States and abroad.  His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, the Latin American Research Review, and many other professional journals.  He is the co-author of Democratizing Mexico: Public Opinion and Electoral Choices (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996). McCann is currently exploring the incorporation of immigrants into American civic life.  What role do parties, campaigns, and social movements play in the story of immigrant inclusion?  In an upcoming book for the Russell Sage Foundation, McCann delves into this question. McCann is also the Lead Editor (2012-2013) of the new academic journal sponsored by the Western Political Science Association, Politics, Groups, and Identities.