Position

Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy
Politics and Public Policy

Biography

Dr Rodrigo Praino is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy. He holds a PhD in Political Science, and has been the receipient of several prestigious fellowships, scholrships and awards.

Rodrigo’s research has three main foci, and revolves around three interconnected branches. The first is dedicated to measuring and analysing issues related to inequality in the USA, Australia and other countries, with particular interest in how states shape social policy in order to address issues related to health, education and income disparities among the population. The second is focused on analysing the career paths of policymakers, with particular attention to anything that determines their political behaviour and resulting policy outcomes. The third has to do with how the previous two issues intersect with personal features and result in outcomes that differ according to gender, ethnicity, ancestry, age and other features.

Dr Praino is currently working on a number of research projects, involving several active international collaborations. Among these are an Australian study of income inequality, a study with American collaborators on the political consequences of scandals involving policymakers, a study with Canadian collaborators on the effects of policymakers’ physical appearance, a study with Italian collaborators on Italian-American politics and policy, and a study on child poverty in Malaysia, financed by UNICEF and the Malaysian government.

Rodrigo’s research has been published by some of the top peer-reviewed academic journals in the Social Sciences. It has also featured in some major international media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Times of India, the Discovery Channel and the Pew Research Centre.

Qualifications

  • Phd in Political Science
  • MA in Political Science
  • MA in Social Sciences (International Relations and Policies)
  • BA in Social Sciences (International and Diplomatic Relations)

Honours, awards and grants

  • J. William Fulbright Scholarship recipient
  • Governor Abraham Ribicoff Fellowship recipient
  • Everett Ladd Fellowship in American Politics recipient

Key responsibilities

Director, Graduate Program in Public Administration

Topic Coordinator:

Research expertise

  • Policy and administration
  • Political science

Research interests

  • Poverty and income inequality in Australia, the United States and other OECD countries. Research on poverty and income inequality (collaborator: Gerry Redmond, Flinders University)
  • The political effects of scandals. Investigations into how scandals affecting policymakers determine their political behaviour and resulting policy outcomes (collaborator: Vincent G. Moscardelli, University of Connecticut)
  • Physical appearance, policy outcomes, and electoral success. Analysis on how the physical appearance of policymakers—interpreted as perceived attractiveness and perceived competence—influence their political behaviour and the political behaviour of voters. (collaborator: Daniel Stockemer, University of Ottawa)
  • Ethnic politics: the Italians in the United States. Inquiry into how the ethnic and ancestry background of individuals and the daily patterns of behaviour typical of bicultural competent individuals affect their political behaviour (collaborator: Ottorino Cappelli, Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale" and City University of New York)
  • UNICEF Malaysia - Child poverty and disparities. Study of income based disparities and non-income based disparities of child poverty and deprivation in Malaysia based on Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) technique (collaborators: Gerry Redmond, Noore Alam Siddiquee and Mohd Zin Mohamed)

Supervisory interests

  • American politics and political science
  • Elections and election campaigns
  • Politics, voting and political behaviour/public opinion
  • Public policy

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : climate change policy (1) ;

Publications

  • Stockemer, D. and Praino, R. (2017). Physical Appearance of Political Candidates. In Fathali M. Moghaddam, ed. The Sage Encyclopedia of Political Behaviour. California, United States of America: Sage Publications.
  • Cappelli, O. and Praino, R. (2017). The Kingmakers of Fresh Pond Road: Ethnic-Political Brokers in an Italian-American Community. In Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra, ed. New Italian Migrations to the United States Volume 1: Politics and History Since 1945. Illinois, United States of America: University of Illinois Press, pp. 1-43.
  • Praino, R. (2012). How Do Italian/Americans Vote-and Does it Matter? Testing the 'Symbolic Rewards Hypothesis' in the U.S. House of Representatives. In Ottorino Cappelli, ed. Italian Signs, American Politics. Current Affairs, Historical Perspectives, Empirical Analyses. New York: John D. Calandra Italian-American Institute, City University of New York, pp. 169-188.
  • Praino, R. (2014). Instructor Ancillary Materials for S Orvis and C A Drogus, "Introducing Comparative Politics: Concepts and Cases in Context" 3rd ed. Washington D.C.: Sage.
  • Cappelli, O. and Praino, R. (2006). Talking Politics: la politica americana attraverso i discorsi dei presidenti. Naples: Universita degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale".
  • Stockemer, D., Praino, R. and Moscardelli, V.G. (2016). The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Do Attractive Politicians Get a 'Break' When They Are Involved in Scandals? European Consortium for Political Research Annual Conference 2016. Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Praino, R. and Stockemer, D. (2016). Physical Attractiveness, Electoral Success and Electoral Systems: A Natural Experiment Based on German Elections. Annual Meeting of the European Public Choice Society. Freiburg, Germany.
  • Praino, R. and Stockemer, D. (2016). If only I looked better: Building ‘ideal candidates’ and estimating the electoral impact of physical attractiveness. 39th Annual Meeting of the International Political Psychology Association. Warsaw, Poland.
  • Moscardelli, V.G. and Praino, R. (2016). Whither the October Surprise? Scandals, Incumbents, and Time in U.S. House Elections, 1972-2010. Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, United States.
  • Moscardelli, V.G. and Praino, R. (2016). Whither the October Surprise? Scandals, Incumbents, and Time in U.S. House Elections, 1972-2010. Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA.
  • Praino, R. and Stockemer, D. (2016). If Only I Looked Better... Or Examining the Potential Influence of Physical Beauty on Candidate Electoral Chances. Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, United States.
  • Stockemer, D. and Praino, R. (2015). The Physical Attractiveness of MPs, the Electoral System Type and Candidates’ Electoral Success. Campaigning and Voting in Europe: New Challanges, New Perspectives. Paris, France. Dec 2015.
  • Praino, R. (2015). The Electoral Advantage of Italian/American Policy-Makers: Incumbency and Tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference. Canberra, ACT, Australia.
  • Praino, R. and Stockemer, D. (2015). “Female Policy-Makers in the U.S. Congress: Incumbency, Tenure, and Service. Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference. Canberra, ACT, Australia.
  • Stockemer, D. and Praino, R. (2015). Physical attractiveness, the electoral system type and the electoral success of candidates: A case study of Germany. American Political Science Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Praino, R. and Redmond, G. (2014). Men's and women's employment and family income inequality in Australia, 1982-2011. Society of Heterodox Economists (SHE) 13th Annual Conference. Sydney, NSW, Australia.
    [Web Link]
  • Redmond, G., Short, K., Praino, R. and Garner, T. (2014). Accounting for Social Transfers in Kind (STIK) in a New Poverty Measure: A Comparison of Australia and the US. International Association for Research in Income and Wealth 33rd General Conference. Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Aug 2014.
    [Web Link]
  • Praino, R. (2013). The Italian/American Congress: Symbolic Representation, Congressional Tenure, and Legislative Voting Behavior. Annual Gala of the National Italian American Foundation. Washington D.C. (USA) Oct 2013.
  • Praino, R. (2013). Do Italian/Americans Contribute to Congressional Polarization? Italian/American Members of Congress and Political Extremism, 1972-2006. In Italian American Identity Politics. Italian American Studies Association. 46th Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA (USA) Oct 2013.
  • Praino, R. (2011). The Lingering Effect of Scandal in Congressional Elections, 1972-2008. In 43rd Annual Conference Northeastern Political Science Association. Philadelphia, PA (USA): Northeastern Political Science Association. 43rd Annual Conference Northeastern Political Science Association. Philadelphia, PA (USA) Nov 2011.
  • Praino, R. (2010). The Frozen Predominant-Party Region: Patterns of Stability in Southern Politics and Its Consequences for the American Party System. In 42nd Annual Meeting Northeastern Political Science Association. Boston, MA (USA): Northeastern Political Science Association. 42nd Annual Metting Northeastern Political Science Association. Boston, MA (USA) Nov 2010.
  • Praino, R. (2010). Tempus Fugit, Incumbency Stays: Redefining the Incumbency Advantage in the U.S. Senate. In 68th Annual National Conference Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL (USA): Midwest Political Science Association. 68th Annual National Conference Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL (USA) Apr 2010.
  • Praino, R. (2010). How Do Italian/Americans Vote-and Does it Matter? Testing the 'Symbolic Rewards Hypothesis' in the U.S. House of Representatives. In Advocacy and Activism: Italian Heritage and Cultural Change. New York, NY (USA): American Italian Historical Association. 43rd Annual Conference American Italian Historical Association. New York, NY (USA) Nov 2010.
  • Praino, R. (2008). Italian/American Studies and Political Science. In Conference Program for 41st Annual Conference of the American Italian Historical Association. New Haven, CT, USA: American Italian Historical Association. 41st Annual Conference of the American Italian Historical Association. New Haven, CT, USA. Nov 2008.
    [Web Link]
  • Praino, R. (2008). The Italian Vote Abroad: Electing from Afar. In Italians in the Americas. John D. Calandra Italian-American Institute, City University of New York. 1st Annual Conference. New York, NY (USA) Apr 2008.
  • Praino, R. (2008). Il partito politico americano e la Scienza Politica. National Library of the Royal Palace of Naples. Vetrina di Cervelli. Naples, Italy. May 2008.
  • Praino, R. (2015). Book Review of Giuseppe Fortuna, "Italiani nel Queens: L'integrazione di una comunità urbana" Italian American Review, 5(2) pp. 144-145.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Praino, R. (2012). Book Review of Philip A. Bean, "The Urban Colonists: Italian American Identity and Politics in Utica, New York" Italian American Review, 2(1) pp. 51-52.
  • Praino, R. (2010). Book Review of Giuseppe Ieraci, "Governments and Parties in Italy. Parliamentary Debates, Investiture Votes and Policy Positions (1994-2006)" Italian Culture, 28(2) pp. 174-175.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Praino, R. (2009). Book Review of Daniela Rossini, "Woodrow Wilson and the American Myth in Italy. Culture, Diplomacy and War Propaganda" Italian Culture, 27(2) pp. 137-139.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Stockemer, D. and Praino, R. (2017). Physical attractiveness, voter heuristics and electoral systems: The role of candidate attractiveness under different institutional designs. British Journal of Politics and International Relations,
    [10.1177/1369148116687533]
  • Praino, R. and Stockemer, D. (2016). The Career Length and Service of Female Policymakers in the US House of Representatives. GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION,
    [10.1017/gov.2016.37] [Scopus]
  • Stockemer, D. and Praino, R. (2015). Blinded by Beauty? Physical Attractiveness and Candidate Selection in the U.S. House of Representatives. SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, 96(2) pp. 430-443.
    [10.1111/ssqu.12155] [Scopus]
  • Praino, R., Stockemer, D. and Ratis, J. (2014). Looking Good or Looking Competent? Physical Appearance and Electoral Success in the 2008 Congressional Elections. AMERICAN POLITICS RESEARCH, 42(6) pp. 1096-1117.
    [10.1177/1532673X14532825] [Scopus]
  • Praino, R. (2014). Is Political Moderation Ethnically Based? Italian/American Members of Congress and Congressional Polarization. Italian American Review, 4(2) pp. 109-124.
  • Praino, R., Stockemer, D. and Moscardelli, V. (2013). The Lingering Effect of Scandal in Congressional Elections: Incumbents, Challengers, and Voters. SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, 94(4) pp. 1045-1061.
    [10.1111/ssqu.12046] [Scopus]
  • Stockemer, D. and Praino, R. (2012). The Incumbency Advantage in the U.S. Congress: A Roller-Coaster Relantionship. Politics, 32(3) pp. 220-230.
    [10.1111/j.1467-9256.2012.01438.x] [Scopus]
  • Praino, R. (2012). The Italian Vote Abroad: Electing from Afar. Italian Culture, 30(2) pp. 125-138.
    [10.1179/0161462212Z.00000000010] [Scopus]
  • Praino, R. and Stockemer, D. (2012). Tempus Edax Rerum: Measuring the Incumbency Advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives. SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNAL, 49(3) pp. 270-274.
    [10.1016/j.soscij.2012.02.002] [Scopus]
  • Praino, R. and Stockemer, D. (2012). Tempus Fugit, Incumbency Stays: Measuring the Incumbency Advantage in the U.S. Senate. Congress & the Presidency, 39(2) pp. 160-176.
    [10.1080/07343469.2012.675013] [Scopus]
  • Stockemer, D. and Praino, R. (2017). Physical attractiveness, voter heuristics and electoral systems: The role of candidate attractiveness under different institutional designs. British Journal of Politics and International Relations,
    [10.1177/1369148116687533]
  • Praino, R. and Stockemer, D. (2016). The Career Length and Service of Female Policymakers in the US House of Representatives. GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION,
    [10.1017/gov.2016.37] [Scopus]
  • Stockemer, D. and Praino, R. (2015). Blinded by Beauty? Physical Attractiveness and Candidate Selection in the U.S. House of Representatives. SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, 96(2) pp. 430-443.
    [10.1111/ssqu.12155] [Scopus]
  • Praino, R. (2014). Is Political Moderation Ethnically Based? Italian/American Members of Congress and Congressional Polarization. Italian American Review, 4(2) pp. 109-124.
  • Praino, R., Stockemer, D. and Ratis, J. (2014). Looking Good or Looking Competent? Physical Appearance and Electoral Success in the 2008 Congressional Elections. AMERICAN POLITICS RESEARCH, 42(6) pp. 1096-1117.
    [10.1177/1532673X14532825] [Scopus]
  • Praino, R., Stockemer, D. and Moscardelli, V. (2013). The Lingering Effect of Scandal in Congressional Elections: Incumbents, Challengers, and Voters. SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, 94(4) pp. 1045-1061.
    [10.1111/ssqu.12046] [Scopus]
  • Praino, R. (2012). The Italian Vote Abroad: Electing from Afar. Italian Culture, 30(2) pp. 125-138.
    [10.1179/0161462212Z.00000000010] [Scopus]
  • Cappelli, O. and Praino, R. (2017). The Kingmakers of Fresh Pond Road: Ethnic-Political Brokers in an Italian-American Community. In Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra, ed. New Italian Migrations to the United States Volume 1: Politics and History Since 1945. Illinois, United States of America: University of Illinois Press, pp. 1-43.
  • Stockemer, D. and Praino, R. (2017). Physical Appearance of Political Candidates. In Fathali M. Moghaddam, ed. The Sage Encyclopedia of Political Behaviour. California, United States of America: Sage Publications.
  • Praino, R. (2012). How Do Italian/Americans Vote-and Does it Matter? Testing the 'Symbolic Rewards Hypothesis' in the U.S. House of Representatives. In Ottorino Cappelli, ed. Italian Signs, American Politics. Current Affairs, Historical Perspectives, Empirical Analyses. New York: John D. Calandra Italian-American Institute, City University of New York, pp. 169-188.

Professional and community engagement

  • Flinders University official representative, ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research)
  • Acting President, ARIA-SA (Association for Research between Italy and Australia)
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for Political Research Quarterly
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for Politics & Policy
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for The Social Science Journal
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for The Italian American Review
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for Italian Culture

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Europe
  • Italy
  • Politics
  • United States of America

Interests

  • American politics ((elections, policy, political scandals))
  • European politics
  • Italian politics

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