Kerri Milita

Assistant Professor

Illinois State University


Election Laws & Direct Democracy

Milita, Kerri. “Beyond Roll-Off: Individual Level Abstention on Ballot Measure Voting.” Invited to Revise & Resubmit at the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties.

Milita, Kerri. 2015. “Election Laws and Agenda-Setting: How Election Law Restrictiveness Shapes the Complexity of State Ballot Measures.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 15 (2): 119-46. [Click here for Replication Files]

Milita, Kerri. 2015. “Restrictive ballot access laws reduce the technical complexity of initiatives and make them more likely to pass.” USAPP. London School of Economics.

Milita, Kerri. “Restricting the Initiative: the Role of State Legislative Threat Perception.” Working paper.

Schraufnagel, Scot, and Kerri Milita. 2010. “Testing the Effects of Ballot Access Reform on Non-Major Party Electoral Fortunes: the Case of Florida’s Revision 11.” American Review of Politics 31 (1): 25-39.

Schraufnagel, Scot, and Kerri Milita. 2010. “The Partisan Duopoly in U.S. House Elections: an Analysis of Minor Party Failure, 1976-2006.” Representation 46 (2): 249-61.

Electoral Campaigns

Milita, Kerri, Elizabeth Simas, John Barry Ryan, and Yanna Krupnikov. 2017. “Rhetorical Strategies in Congressional Elections.” Electoral Studies (46): 48-63.

Piston, Spencer, Yanna Krupnikov, Kerri Milita, and John Barry Ryan. “Clear as Black and White: the Effects of Ambiguous Rhetoric Depend on Candidate Race.”Invited to Revise & Resubmit at the Journal of Politics.

Krupnikov, Yanna, Kerri Milita, Elizabeth Connors, and John Barry Ryan. “Gender Differences in the Quality of Political Discussion.” Under Review.

Milita, Kerri, John Barry Ryan, and Elizabeth Simas. 2014. “Nowhere to Run, Nothing to Hide, or Nothing to Lose? Candidate Position-Taking in U.S. House Elections.” Political Behavior 36 (2): 427-49.
Milita, Kerri, and John Barry Ryan. “News Coverage of Campaign Issue Positions.” Working paper.

Public Policy

Milita, Kerri, and Jaclyn Bunch. 2017. “Helicopter Parenting and the Policy Attitudes of College Students.” PS: Political Science & Politics.

Bunch, Jaclyn, Scott Liebertz, and Kerri Milita. 2017. “Outcomes and Outputs: Long-term Effects of TANF on Poverty and Caseload Enrollment.” Public Policy and Administration.

Milita, Kerri, Sara Yeganeh, and Jaclyn Bunch. “It Could Happen to You: How Risk Exposure Shapes Policy Attitudes.” Working paper.

Berry, William D., Belinda Creel Davis, Lanny W. Martin, Charles J. Barrilleaux, and Kerri Milita. “Electoral Competition in the American States: a New Measure and Approach for Assessing its Impact on Public Policy.” Working paper.

Leonard, Meghan, Kerri Milita, and Carl Palmer. “Too Close for [Dis]Comfort? An Experimental Study of Perceived Institutional Legitimacy.” Working paper.