Brandon Rottinghaus, a native of Dallas, Texas, holds a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. His teaching and research interests center on Texas politics, including changing ethnic and racial trends, Texas political scandals, voting behavior, political parties, the Texas constitution, and executive and legislative power struggles. He is the author of several books, dozens of academic journals, and editor and contributor to multiple edited volumes. Most recently he is author of the book Inside Texas Politics (Oxford University Press). He has provided commentary on national and Texas politics in hundreds of media outlets. He is the co-host of Political Perspectives, a digital series on Houston Public Media and the creator and weekly contributor to Monday Morning Politics on Houston’s Fox 26.