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Robin Best

Associate Professor

Political Science


Professor Robin Best's research focuses on political parties and electoral politics in democratic systems of government. She is especially interested in the dynamics of party system size, party policy positions, electoral systems, and voting behavior in industrialized democracies. Her current research examines party polarization, support for minor or new political parties, the geography of party support, and how electoral systems and social divisions affect voting behavior. Her work has been published in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Political Analysis, the European Journal of Political Research, and Electoral Studies. Professor Best joined the faculty at Binghamton in the spring of 2013.


  • BA, State University of New York at Albany
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • MA, PhD, Binghamton University

Research Interests

  • Comparative politics
  • European politics
  • political parties and representation

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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae