Bentley Hall with Annex

Faculty & Staff Profile 

Michael Burton 
Associate Professor

221 Bentley Annex

Dr. Michael John Burton is an associate professor of political science at Ohio University. He teaches campaign management, public leadership, and strategic analysis. Current research goes to decisions under complexity.

With William J. Miller and Daniel M. Shea, he has written Campaign Craft: The Strategies, Tactics, and Art of Political Campaign Management, 5e (Praeger, 2015), and with Shea, Campaign Mode: Strategic Vision in Congressional Elections (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). Published articles have involved electoral strategy, White House operations, consumer protection, and gun control. Dr. Burton is on the national board of the American Association of Political Consultants.

Dr. Burton spent several years as a political professional in Washington. He worked in the office of Vice President Al Gore as special assistant to the chief of staff and assistant political director. Prior to the White House, Dr. Burton worked in the office of Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski and the Congressional Research Service.

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 at Albany.

Selected, Recent Publications

  • Campaign Craft: The Strategies, Tactics, and Art of Political Campaign Management, 4th ed, with W.J. Miller and D.M. Shea (2015).
  • Voter Targeting: Learning to Send the Right Message to the Right Voter, with T. Miracle, in Handbook of Political Marketing in the United States (2014).
  • Allies and Antagonists: The Tea Party Impact on the Republican Party, with W.J. Miller, State of the Parties (2014).
  • The Republican Primary Season: Strategic Positioning in the GOP Field, in D.W. Johnson, ed., Campaigning for President 2012: Strategy and Tactics (2013).