Faculty / Staff
James Coleman Battista
Ph.D., Duke University
Office: 421 Park Hall
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Areas of Teaching and Research Interest:
Legislative politics, state politics, formal modeling,
State legislative committee composition, state legislative party
strength, legislative voting inside committees, new methods of
estimating legislator preferences.
Jim Battista is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political
Science at UB. His work focuses on how legislatures organize
themselves to do business, and what the consequences of different
styles of organization are. His work has been published in
American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies
Quarterly, American Review of Politics, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. He joined the department in the fall of 2007. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Duke University, and his B.A. at the University of Virginia and previously served on the faculty of the University of North Texas.
Selected Recent Research:
Jurisdiction, Institutional Structure, and Committee
Representativeness. Political Research Quarterly, March 2006.
Reexamining Legislative Committee Representativeness in the
States. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Summer 2004.
An Ambition-Theoretic Approach to Legislative Organizational
Choice. Legislative Studies Quarterly, August 2003.
Conditional Party Government in the States. American Journal of
Political Science, January 2002. With John H. Aldrich.