Bentley Hall with Annex

Faculty & Staff Profile 

Michael Burton 
Associate Professor

221 Bentley Annex

Michael John Burton is an Associate Professor of Political Science. He teaches Elections & Campaigns and Political Leadership. He received his A.B. (1986) and M.A. (1988) from Ohio University, and his Ph.D. (1995) from the State University of New York.

Dr. Burton spent several years as a political professional in Washington. He worked in the office of Vice President Al Gore (1993-98) as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff and Assistant Political Director, advising the Vice President and senior White House staff and assisting in the coordination of vice presidential travel. Prior to the White House, Dr. Burton worked in the office of Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski (1991-93) and the Congressional Research Service (1991).

With Daniel M. Shea, Dr. Burton has written Campaign Craft: The Strategies, Tactics, and Art of Political Campaign Management, 4e (Praeger Books, 2010), and Campaign Mode: Strategic Vision in Congressional Elections (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). Current research focuses on quantitative methods and electoral strategy.