Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Santucci is known for empirical research on ranked-choice voting, though he also studies the state of the parties and public trust in election outcomes. He has taught courses in American, urban, and comparative politics, as well as American economic history. In July 2017, Santucci earned a PhD in Government at Georgetown University.
His dissertation analyzed the politics of the single transferable vote in 24 American cities, 1893-1962, also known as proportional representation or multi-winner ranked-choice voting. Conventional wisdom treats this as a Progressive revolt against political parties. With several new sets of roll-call and electoral data, he finds order where others saw chaos. Whether a group controls a majority of the majority explains (a) its position on electoral reform and (b) the inclusiveness of its nominating strategy.
Addresses old questions about ranked-choice voting effect's on party cohesion. Consults the roll-call record in Cincinnati (1929-57) and Worcester, Mass.(1949-60), two of three American single transferable vote implementations that produced conventional wisdom.
Discusses proportional representation in American local politics, and compares those who adapt proportional representation with those who do not.