Photo I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics at West Virginia University. My research focuses on the causes and consequences of political and economic inequality in the American context. In trying to better understand the relationship between inequality and politics my work covers several areas of study, including public policy, political participation, public opinion, representation, state and local politics, and political methodology. When examining particular policy areas my work tends to emphasize taxation, redistribution, and technology use and access.

I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa in 2012.

mail: Department of Political Science
West Virginia University
316 Woodburn Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506
phone: (216) 505-0015
email: william.franko@mail.wvu.edu