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Matthew Geras is a first year graduate fellow at the Carl Albert Center for Congressional Research. He received a B.S. in Political Science at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, where he was awarded the winter commencement 2014 President’s Scholar Medal and was the recipient of the Beverly McLear Outstanding Political Science Major. At the Carl Albert Center, Matthew is focusing his research on political participation and political behavior relating to the public’s interactions with the United States Congress.

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Jessica Hayden is a second year graduate fellow at the Carl Albert Center for Congress Research. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida with an emphasis on Constitutional Law, and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of West Florida. At the Carl Albert Center, Jessica is focusing her research on how modern technology impacts representation and political communication in the United States Congress.

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Dr. Michael H. Crespin is Associate Director of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma and Associate Professor of Political Science. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2005 and served in the office of U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski as an APSA Congressional Fellow from 2005-06. He joined the University of Oklahoma in 2014 after serving on faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Georgia. Crespin’s research focuses on legislative politics, congressional elections, and political geography.