Carol Mershon

Department of Politics
P. O. Box 400787, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4787

Tel: 434-924-7875
Fax: 434-924-3359
Email: mershon@virginia.edu

Professional Preparation

B.A. 1978 Dickinson College International Studies and Spanish (Summa Cum Laude)
M.A. and M.Phil 1980 Yale University Political Science
Ph.D. 1986 Yale University Political Science (with Distinction)

Appointments

2001-date Associate Professor, University of Virginia
1993-2001 Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
1986-1993 Assistant Professor, Washington University
1987-1988 Visiting Assistant Professor and Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University
1985-1986 Instructor, Washington University
Fall 1984 Acting Instructor, Yale University

Grants, Awards, Fellowships, and Honors

National Science Foundation Grant, 2004-06. Funded as SES-0339877.
William B. Heller and Carol Mershon. "Collaborative Research on Legislative Party Switching: Integrating Theoretical and Comparative Empirical Analyses." Proposal was submitted to the National Science Foundation in 2003. The total award is $200,000.

National Science Foundation Grant, 1994-99. Funded as SBR-9320666.
Lee Epstein, Carol Mershon, Jeffrey Segal, and Harold Spaeth. "Collaborative Research on the Formation of Opinion Coalitions on the U.S. Supreme Court." Proposal was submitted to the National Science Foundation in 1993. The total award exceeded $325,000.

Faculty Fellowship for Summer Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Virginia, 2004.

Sesquicentennial Research Leave, University of Virginia, 1996-97.

Rowland Egger Grant, Politics, University of Virginia, 1994-95, 1995-96, 2001.

Fulbright-Hays Faculty Fellowship, 1988-89. Field research and writing in Milan, Bassano del Grappa, and Rome, Italy.

Research Fellowship/Leave, Washington University, Spring and Fall 1989. Field research and writing in Milan, Bassano del Grappa, and Rome, Italy.

Faculty Research Summer Grant, Washington University, 1986. Field research in Milan, Bergamo, and Bologna, Italy.

Social Science Research Council Fellowship, 1981-83. Field research in Rome and Milan, Italy, and writing in Evanston, IL, and New Haven, CT.

Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship, 1981-82. Field research in Rome and Milan, Italy.

Phi Beta Kappa, Dickinson College, Alpha Chapter, Pennsylvania, 1977.

Research

Books

Carol Mershon. The Costs of Coalition. 2002. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
Discussed at an "Author Meets Critics" panel at the April 2002 Meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.

Carol Mershon and Gianfranco Pasquino, eds. Italian Politics: Ending the First Republic. Volume 9 in a series organized by the Cattaneo Institute, Bologna. Boulder: Westview, 1995. Italian edition: Politica in Italia, Edizione ’94. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1994.

Articles in Refereed Journals

William B. Heller and Carol Mershon. "Party Switching in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, 1996-2001." Accepted for publication, Journal of Politics, May 2004.

Carol Mershon. "Party Factions and Coalition Government: Portfolio Allocation in Italian Christian Democracy." Electoral Studies, Vol. 20, 2001, 555-580. Also published in Japanese in 2001 in Leviathan, the journal of the Japanese Political Science Association.

Carol Mershon. "Contending Models of Portfolio Allocation and Office Payoffs to Party Factions: Italy, 1963-79." American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 45, 2001, 277-293.

Carol Mershon. "The Costs of Coalition: Coalition Theories and Italian Governments." American Political Science Review, Vol. 90, 1996, 534-554.

Lee Epstein and Carol Mershon. "Measuring Political Preferences." American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 40, 1996, 261-294.

Carol Mershon. "Expectations and Informal Rules in Coalition Formation." Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 27, 1994, 40-79.

Robert Fishman and Carol Mershon. "Workplace Leadership and Labor Organization: Limits on the Mobilization and Representation of Workers." International Contributions to Labor Studies, Vol. 3, 1993, 67-90.

Carol Mershon. "Relationships among Union Actors after the Hot Autumn." Labour, Vol. 4, 1990, 35-58.

Carol Mershon. "Generazioni di leader sindacali in fabbrica: L'eredità dell'autunno caldo" [Generations of Workplace Union Leaders: The Legacy of the Hot Autumn]. Polis, Vol. 4, 1990, 277-323.

Carol Mershon. "Between Workers and Union: Factory Councils in Italy." Comparative Politics, Vol. 21, 1989, 215-235.

Article-Length Manuscripts Under Review

William B. Heller and Carol Mershon. "Dealing in Discipline: Party Switching and Legislative Voting in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, 1996-2000."

Other Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Carol Mershon. "The Costs of Coalition: A Five-Nation Comparison." In Shaun Bowler, David M. Farrell, and Richard S. Katz, eds. Party Discipline and Parliamentary Government. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1999.

Carol Mershon. "The Costs of Coalition: The Italian Anomaly." In Norman Schofield, ed. Collective Decision-Making: Social Choice and Political Economy. Boston: Kluwer, 1996.

Carol Mershon and Gianfranco Pasquino. "Introduction." In Carol Mershon and Gianfranco Pasquino, eds. Italian Politics: Ending the First Republic. Boulder: Westview, 1995. Italian edition Bologna: Il Mulino, 1994.

Carol Mershon. "Electoral Behavior and Coalition Politics in Contemporary Italy: Towards Reconceptualizing Change in Party Systems." Italian Politics and Society, No. 42, 1994, 18-23.

Carol Mershon. "Italy." In Byron Shafer, ed. Postwar Politics in the G-7: Orders and Eras in Comparative Perspective. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996.

Carol Mershon. "The Crisis of the CGIL: Open Division in the Twelfth National Congress." In Stephen Hellman and Gianfranco Pasquino, eds. Italian Politics: A Review, Vol. 7. New York and London: Pinter, 1992. Italian edition Bologna: Il Mulino, 1992.

Carol Mershon. "The 1992 Parliamentary Elections: How Much Change?" Italian Politics and Society, No. 36, 1992, 54-55.

Carol Mershon. "Inside Italian Unions: Factory Councils in 1982 and 1986." Italian Politics and Society, No. 21, 1987, 11-22.

Carol Mershon. "Unions and Politics in Italy." In Howard R. Penniman, ed. Italy at the Polls, 1983: A Study of the Parliamentary Elections. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1987.

Carol Mershon. "Federal-State-Local Relations and the Policy Process." In E. F. Zigler, S. L. Kagan, and E. Klugman, eds. Children, Families, and Government: Perspectives on American Social Policy. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Professional Papers

William B. Heller and Carol Mershon. "Theoretical and Empirical Models of Party Switching." Paper to be presented at the 2004 Dublin Workshop of the Research Work Group on Legislative Party Switching, funded by NSF SES-0339877, co-Principal Investigators William B. Heller and Carol Mershon, "Collaborative Research on Legislative Party Switching."

Carol Mershon and Olga Shvetsova. "Electoral Cycles and Party Switching: Opportunistic Partisan Realignment in Legislatures." Paper proposed for presentation at the 2005 Meetings of the International Studies Association.

William B. Heller and Carol Mershon. "Theoretical and Empirical Models of Cascades in Party Switching." Paper proposed for presentation at the 2005 Meetings of the International Studies Association.

William B. Heller and Carol Mershon. "Fluidity in Parliamentary Parties: Exits and Entries in Parliamentary Groups in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, 1996-2001." Paper presented at the 2003 Meetings of the American Political Science Association; earlier version presented at the 2001 Meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Junko Kato and Carol Mershon. "Internal Party Organization in the Italian Christian Democrats and Japanese Liberal Democrats: Factional Competition for Office, Clienteles, and Corrupt Exchange." Paper presented at the 2003 Meetings of the American Political Science Association; revised version presented at the September 2003 Kobe Seminar on Comparative Studies of Political Corruption and Clientelism, Project No. 14320029 of the Science Research Fund of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; earlier version presented at the presented at the December 2002 Seminar on Comparative Studies of Political Corruption and Clientelism.

Carol Mershon and William B. Heller. "Party Switching and Political Careers in the Spanish Congress of Deputies, 1982-1996." Paper presented at the 2003 Meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association.

William B. Heller and Carol Mershon. "Dealing in Discipline: Party Switching and Legislative Voting in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, 1996-2000." Paper presented at the 2002 Meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association.
Finalist for the Pi Sigma Alpha Award (best paper award), 2002 MPSA Meetings.

Carol Mershon and William B. Heller. "Party Fluidity and Legislators’ Vote Choices: The Italian Chamber of Deputies, 1996-2000." Paper presented at the 2001 Meetings of the American Political Science Association.

Carol Mershon. "The Future of Center-Right Parties: Italy." Invited paper presented at the Symposium on the Future of Center-Right Parties in Industrial Democracies. Conference co-sponsored by the College of William and Mary and the Hanns-Seidel Stiftung’s Academy for Politics, Williamsburg, Virginia, September 2000. Declined the invitation to include a revised version of this paper in an edited book to be published in German.

William B. Heller and Carol Mershon. "Fluidity in Parliamentary Parties: Exits and Entries in Parliamentary Groups in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, 1996-99." Paper presented at the 2000 Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Carol Mershon and Kerstin Hamann. "Regional Coalition Government in Spain: The Impact of Institutions and Regionalist Conflicts." Paper presented at the 1999 Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Carol Mershon. "Party Factions and Coalition Government." Paper presented at the Conference on Party Politics in Japan and Europe, European Consortium for Political Research/Japanese Political Science Association, Kyoto, Japan, 1996; revised versions presented at the Conference on Party Politics in Japan and Europe, ECPR/JPSA, Warwick, United Kingdom, 1997, the 1997 Meeting of the American Political Science Association, and the Conference on Party Politics Japan and Europe, ECPR/JPSA, Kumamoto, Japan, 1998.

Carol Mershon. "The Costs of Coalition: A Five-Nation Comparison." Paper presented at the 1995 Workshops of the European Consortium for Political Research, Bordeaux, France.

Carol Mershon. "Electoral Behavior and Coalition Politics in Contemporary Italy." Invited roundtable presentation at the 1994 Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Carol Mershon. "The Costs of Coalition: The Italian Anomaly." Paper presented at a workshop at the Center for Political Economy, Washington University, St. Louis, 1994.

Lee Epstein and Carol Mershon. "The Formation of Opinion Coalitions on the U.S. Supreme Court." Paper presented at the 1993 Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Carol Mershon. "Postwar Politics in the G-7: Italy." Paper presented at the 1992 Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Carol Mershon. "Expectations and Informal Rules in Coalition Formation." Paper presented at the 1991 Meeting of the American Political Science Association; revised version presented at the 1992 Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Carol Mershon. "The Changing Place of Labor in Italy." Invited critique presented at the Workshop on "The Changing Place of Labor in European Society: The End of Labor's Century." Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 1991.

Carol Mershon. "Coalition Theories and Italian Governments: The Logic of Sudden Death and Sure Resurrection." Paper presented at the 1990 Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Available as Washington University Political Science Paper No. 147.

Robert Fishman and Carol Mershon. "Workplace Leadership and Labor Organization: Limits on the Mobilization and Representation of Workers." Paper presented at the 1988 Meeting of the International Political Science Association.

Carol Mershon. "Relationships among Union Actors after the Hot Autumn." Invited paper presented at the Conference on "Work and Politics in Italy: Twenty Years after the 'Hot Autumn,'" Harvard University, 1988.

Carol Mershon. "Italian Labor." Invited paper presented at the Conference on "May '68: The Vision and the Reality," Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 1988.

Carol Mershon. "Workplace Cultures in Postwar Italy: Change, Diversity, Continuity." Invited paper presented at the Conference on Culture and Politics in the Italian Republic, Bellagio, Italy, 1988.

Carol Mershon. "Generations of Workplace Union Leaders: The Legacy of the Hot Autumn." Paper presented at the 1987 Conference of Europeanists; revised version presented at the 1987 Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association. Available as Washington University Political Science Paper No. 128.

Carol Mershon. "The Representation of Local Interests: Union Elites and Institutions in Italian Workplaces." Paper presented at the 1987 Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Carol Mershon. "I leader sindacali di base. Chi sono e che cosa pensano?" [Workplace Union Leaders: Who They Are and What They Think.] Research report sent to two dozen union officials and to 203 factory unions. Milan, Italy, 1987.
Carol Mershon. "Coalitions in Government: The Italian Case in Comparative Perspective." Invited paper presented at the International Conference on Coalition Theory and Public Choice, Fiesole, Italy, 1987.

Carol Mershon. "Between Workers and Union: Factory Councils in Italy." Paper presented at the 1986 Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Book Projects in Progress

Carol Mershon and William B. Heller. The Origins and Consequences of Legislative Party Switching. Four-page synopsis and one-page manuscript profile available.

Carol Mershon. Sources of Change in Democratic Party Systems. Four-page synopsis, one-page manuscript profile, and twenty-five-page annotated outline of the book are available.

Professional Service

Conference Organization

Program Committee (Section Head for "Comparative Politics: Advanced Industrial Countries"), Midwest Political Science Association, 2003 Annual Meeting.

Program Committee (Section Head for "Comparative Politics: Advanced Industrial Countries"), Southern Political Science Association, 2000 Annual Meeting.

Program Committee (Section Head for "Comparative Politics: Advanced Industrial Countries"), Midwest Political Science Association, 1998 Annual Meeting.

Peer Reviewing

Heinz Eulau Award Committee ("Best Article" Committee), American Political Science Association, 1999 Annual Meeting.

Book Award Committee, Section on Political Economy, American Political Science Association, 1999 Annual Meeting.

Screening Committee, International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program, Social Science Research Council/American Council of Learned Societies, 1997-2002.

Book Review Editor, Italian Politics and Society, 1987-94.

Referee: American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, National Political Science Review, National Science Foundation, Party Politics, Politics and Policy, Political Research Quarterly, South European Society and Politics.

Compensated Manuscript Reviewer: DC Heath, Longman, Princeton University Press.

Leadership Roles and Membership

Executive Council, Midwest Political Science Association, 2004-07.

Executive Council, Section on Political Economy, American Political Science Association, 2000-2002.

Nominating Committee, Midwest Political Science Association, 1998 Annual Meeting.

Chair, Committee on the Status of Women, Midwest Political Science Association, 1994-95.

President, Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society (CONGRIPS), 2003-present. Vice-President, Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society, 2001-2003. Executive Committee, Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society, 1995-2001. Nominating Committee Chair, Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society, 1997.

Member: American Political Science Association, APSA Section on Comparative Politics, APSA Section on Political Economy, APSA Section on Comparative Democratization (invited member), International Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association, Council for European Studies, Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society, Union of Concerned Scientists, Women's Caucus for Political Science (American, Midwest, and Southern), American Association of University Women, Women Faculty and Professional Association (University of Virginia).

Conference Activities

American Political Science Association: Panel Chair and Discussant, 2003 ("Rationality and Culture in Comparative Politics: Revisiting Classics in Italian Politics"); Panel Chair and Discussant, 1998 ("Party Competition and Voter Mobilization"); Panel Chair, 1995 ("The Politics of Institutional Design and Policy Change: European Cases"); Discussant, 1995 ("Rational Choice in Comparative Contexts"); Discussant, 1993 ("Political Change and Conflicting Identities in Western Europe"); Discussant, 1991 ("Ideology and Party Politics"); Panel Co-Chair, 1988 ("Rational Choice Approaches to Comparative Politics").

Midwest Political Science Association: Panel Chair, 2001 ("Author Meets Critics: Carol Mershon, "The Costs of Coalition"); Panel Chair, 1992 ("Legislative Coalitions in Europe and the United States"); Panel Chair, 1988 ("Rational Choice Approaches to Comparative Politics: Parties and Voters"); Discussant, 1987 ("Political Competition, Representation, and Development").

Southern Political Science Association: Discussant, 2000 ("Author Meets Critics: Paul Sniderman, The Outsider: Prejudice and Politics in Italy").

Conference of Europeanists: Panel Chair, 1987 ("Continuities and Ruptures in Electoral Alignments: Italy in Comparative Perspective").

International Political Science Association: Discussant, 1998 (Annual Meeting of the IPSA Research Committee on Socio-Political Pluralism).

European Consortium for Political Research: Invited participant, April 1995 Joint Workshops, Bordeaux, France.

Invited participant, Symposium on the Future of Center-Right Parties in Industrial Democracies. Conference co-sponsored by the College of William and Mary and the Hanns-Seidel Stiftung’s Academy for Politics, Williamsburg, Virginia, September 2000.

Invited participant, Research Workshops on Party Politics in Japan and Europe. Conferences organized in 1995 (Dublin), 1996 (Kyoto), 1997 (Warwick), and 1998 (Kumamato) by the European Consortium for Political Research and the Japanese Political Science Association.

Invited participant, "Primavera 1994-Primavera 1995: La situazione politica italiana" [Spring 1994-Spring 1995: The Italian Political Situation]. Conference organized by the University of Bologna and the Italian Fulbright Commission, Bologna, Italy, 1995.

Invited participant, "The Politics of the European Community." Workshop organized by the Belgian Fulbright Commission, Brussels, Belgium, and Luxembourg, 1989.

Translations and Book Reviews

Co-translator of five chapters and chronology of events for Italian Politics: Ending the First Republic. Co-edited with Gianfranco Pasquino. Boulder: Westview, 1995.

Translator, Ida Regalia, "Democracy and Unions: Towards a Critical Appraisal." Economic and Industrial Democracy, Vol. 9, 1988, 345-371.

Review of Per una rifondazione del welfare state [Towards a Refoundation of the Welfare State], ed. Achille Ardigò. Italian Politics and Society, No. 21, 1987, 44-47.

University Service

University of Virginia (1993-present)

Invited member of the Raven Society (honorary society composed primarily of undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni of U.Va.), 2002-present; Scholarship Selection Committee, 2003.

Department of Politics Search Committees: Comparative Politics Search, 1995-96; International Relations Search, 1998-99; American Politics Search, 1999-2000, 2001-02; Ad Hoc Committee on Female Faculty Recruitment, 1998.

Department of Politics Governance: Undergraduate Committee, 1993-94, 2000-present; Graduate Committee, 1994-96, 1998-2003 (as part of service, Recruitment Coordinator 1994-95; Subcommittee on Admissions and Financial aid, 1998-99; Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Reforms, 1998-99); Personnel Committee, 2001-present (Subcommittee on Promotion, 2001-02); Equal Opportunity Officer, 1998-99, 2003-present; Library Liaison Officer, 2000-2002; Computer Committee, 1993-96 (Committee Chair, 1994-95); Methods Review Committee, 1995-96.

Advising and Mentoring of Students: First- and Second-Year Advisor, College of Arts and Sciences, 1994-96, 2001-present (for 2001-2003, Advisor to Echols Scholars [Honors program]); Associate Undergraduate Advisor (Advisor to Incoming Majors), Politics, 1994-96, 2000-01; Politics Honors Program Examination Committee, 1999, 2004; Co-Founder and Faculty Advisor, Forum on Motherloss/Women without Mothers, 1997-99; Faculty Speaker, Forum on Motherloss/Women without Mothers, Fall 1997, Fall 1998; Faculty Speaker, Model United Nations, University of Virginia, Fall 1998; Faculty Speaker, Echols Scholars, Spring 2001.

Extra-Departmental Service: Computer Advisory Group, Arts and Sciences, 1994-95; Cabell Hall Classroom Improvement Project Committee, Office of the Vice Provost, University of Virginia, 1998-99; Institutional Representative, European Consortium for Political Research, 1995-present; Selection Committee, All-University Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Spring 2003; Faculty Senate, 2003-present.

Non-Research Publications: "I Profess." Teaching Concerns (Newsletter of the Teaching Resource Center at the University of Virginia), Spring 2001.

Washington University (1985-87, 1988-93)

Departmental Search Committees: Comparative Politics Search, 1987-88, 1990-91.

Departmental Governance: Founder and Organizer, Discussion Series on Research in Political Science, 1985-87, Fall 1988, 1990-92; Convener, Comparative Politics graduate examination, 1990-91; Honors Committee, 1991-92; Selection Committee, Truman Scholarships, 1991.

Advising: Freshman Advisor, Arts and Sciences, 1990-92.

Extra-Departmental Service: Assembly Series Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, 1986-87, Fall 1988, 1990-92; Co-Founder and Co-Organizer, Faculty Seminar on Contemporary Theory of Coalitions, Departments of Political Science and Economics, Spring 1991; Faculty Reader, Honorary Scholarship Competition, Arts and Sciences, 1991.

Harvard University (1987-88)

Center for European Studies: Chair, Study Group on Parties, Elections, and Representation, 1987-88; Co-Chair, Italian Study Group, 1987-88; Selection Committee, Summer Grant Program, 1988.

Community Service

"An Introduction to American Politics." Invited talk presented in English (with discussion in English and Italian) at the G. Brocchi Experimental High School, Bassano del Grappa, Italy, February 1989.

"I motivi e le possibili conseguenze del cambiamento del nome" [The Reasons for, and the Possible Consequences of, the Party’s Change of Name]. Invited talk presented at the Scoccimarro section of the Democratic Party of the Left, Milan, Italy, November 1989.

Occasional translator/interpreter for the Bassano del Grappa section of the Democratic Party of the Left and the Milan research institute (Istituto ricerche economiche e sociali, IRES) of the General Confederation of Italian Labor, Italy, 1989.

Volunteer interpreter (Italian-English) registered with the Language Bank, University of Virginia Hospital, 2000-present.

Volunteer reader (primarily English texts, with a few Italian and Spanish) at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2002-2003.

Languages

Native language: English.

Near-native command of Italian (reading, speaking, writing, and oral comprehension).

Fluency in reading and oral comprehension of French and Spanish, good speaking ability in Spanish, adequate speaking ability in French.

Oral comprehension, reading ability, and limited speaking ability in Venetian dialect.

Reading ability in Portuguese and Catalan.

Rudimentary reading ability in Dutch, German, Latin, Maltese, and Romanian