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Fall 2017 Office Hours
Tue & Th: 4:45-6:15
Dept of Political Science
341 Schaeffer Hall
20 E. Washington Street
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
New book, Iowa Votes, published for Kindle devices and computers with Kindle reader.
Iowa Voting Series Paper 11: This paper examines early voting in Johnson County, updated with 2016 data.
Posted New book in What I'm Reading.
Iowa Voting Series Paper 8: This paper estimates the distribution of No Party votes in general elections, data now from 1982 to 2016.
Posted Book info for Fall 2017 courses.
Iowa Voting Series Paper 7
This paper looks at voter distributions by party, age group, and sex, data now from 1982 to 2016.
Iowa Voting Series Paper 6 This paper looks at absentee voting by party, age group, and sex, data now from 1988 to 2016.
Iowa Voting Series Paper 5 This paper looks at voter turnout by sex, age group, and party, data now from 1982 to 2016.
Posted Fall 2016 teaching evaluations.
This is my list of fiction books of a legal or judicial nature that I thought worthwhile. They are listed in alphabetical order by author.
Grisham, John, The Firm, The Client, The Pelican Brief. I suppose you would have to be living under a rock not to know about either Grisham's books or the movies that have been made from them. The critics have not been particularly kind to Grisham's books, suggesting that they lack depth, etc. Perhaps, but if you are interested in light reading with a legal storyline, these are pretty good. The Firm is the story of a law school hot shot that gets a job working in a mob-related law firm and how he manages to save himself and get rich at the same time. (I should note that the book was much better than the movie--though I suppose that's not saying a lot.) In The Client, a kid sees a mob guy kill himself and then hires an attorney who has more heart than luck to protect him from the good guys and the bad guys. The Pelican Brief is about a law student who discovers a plot to kill a Supreme Court Justice. I've only read these three Grisham books, though I saw the movie version of The Runaway Jury and it was intersting.
Harris, Thomas, The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon. Both books involve attempts to catch a serial killer, and both involve the character Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter. In Silence, the FBI has to seek the help of the captured Lecter to catch another serial killer. Dragon is basically more of the same.
Lee, Harper, To Kill a Mockingbird. This book is really a "growing up" story of a small girl in a Southern town of the depression-era. The girl's father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer and there is an important trial in the story, which makes it worth listing here.
Lindsay, David, Mercy. Here a Houston dectective is tracking a serial killer. The twist is that the murders take place in the context of sexual role-playing and the victims seem to know their killers. Needless to say, this book contains a fairly strong sexual element, but the story is good and offers some interesting twists.