Cassidy Reller 

Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science 

University of California, San Diego


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of California, San Diego. In the Fall of 2023, I will be joining the University of Florida's Political Science Department as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. My research and teaching interests are in American political institutions, with expertise in political parties, legislative politics, state politics, electoral rules, immigration, and methods. My job market paper demonstrates that minor parties in the United States leverage electoral threats against major parties to receive ideological concessions from the Democratic and Republican Parties. My research has appeared in Electoral Studies and the Journal of Politics.

I am originally from Fremont, Nebraska. I received a BA from Lafayette College in Government and Law and Philosophy in 2016 and my MA in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, in 2019. In my free time, I enjoy hiking San Diego's Laguna Mountains and backcountry camping in state and national parks. I am also a dedicated and perennially heartbroken fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins.