Seth Masket

Professor; Director, Center on American Politics

What I do

Professor of Political Science Director, Center on American Politics

Professional Biography

Seth Masket is a professor of political science and the director of the Center on American Politics at the University of Denver. He is the author of "The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How they Weaken Democracy" (Oxford, 2016) and "No Middle Ground: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures" (Michigan, 2009). He studies political parties, campaigns and elections, and state legislatures. He contributes regularly at Pacific Standard, Vox/Mischiefs of Faction, and FiveThirtyEight. He is currently writing a book for Cambridge University Press on the Democratic Party’s interpretations of the 2016 election and its preparations for 2020.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, UCLA, 2004
  • MA, Political Management, George Washington University, 1996
  • BA, Political Science, UC Berkeley, 1991

Professional Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association


Political parties, campaigns and elections, state legislatures.

Key Projects

  • Collaborative Research: Healing the Rifts - A Study of Intraparty Factionalism at Presidental Nominating Conventions


  • Distinguished Scholar Award, University of Denver
  • Emerging Scholar Award, APSA Section on Political Organizations and Parties