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Markie McBrayer

Assistant Professor of Political Science


205H Administration Building



Mailing Address

Department of Politics and Philosophy
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3165
Moscow, ID 83844-3165

Markie McBrayer is an assistant professor of political science at University of Idaho. Her research focuses on American politics and policy, with a focus on political institutions, representation, and social inequality in the American context, particularly at the local level. Recently, Markie has been exploring the effects of electing women to local positions of power and the subsequent policy effects. Prior to earning her doctorate, she worked as a transportation consultant in the Boston area and thus understands the need to ground research and teaching in praxis.

  • PhD in Political Science, University of Houston, 2017
  • MA in Political Science, University of Houston, 2015
  • MA in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy, Tufts University, 2012
  • BBA in Marketing, University of Texas at Austin, 2008

  • Local Politics
  • American Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Representation
  • Statistical Methodology

“Translating Descriptive Representation into Substantive Representation: The Role of Electoral Institutions in Urban School Districts in Texas.” Forthcoming at Urban Affairs Review.

“From Barrios to Condos: The Effects of Gentrification on Descriptive Representation," with Jason Casellas. 2019. Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics 4(1): 216-255.

“The Financial Crisis, Fiscal Federalism, and the Creditworthiness of U.S. State Governments," with Justin Kirkland and Patrick Shea. 2018. Statistics, Politics, and Policy 9(1).

“Local Politics." In Ali Farazmand Ed. Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, 2016.


Department of Politics and Philosophy

Physical Address:
205 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Department of Politics and Philosophy
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3165
Moscow, ID 83844-3165

Phone: 208-885-6328