Boatright's research focuses on the effects of campaign and election laws on the behavior of politicians and interest groups, with a particular focus on primary elections and campaign finance laws and practices. He is a Professor of Political Science at Clark University and the Director of Research at the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona.
Boatright is the author or editor of seven books, including Getting Primaried: The Causes and Consequences of Congressional Primary Challenges (University of Michigan Press, 2013); Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Reform in the United States and Canada (University of Michigan Press, 2011); and the edited volumes The Deregulatory Moment? A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws (University of Michigan Press, 2016) and the Routledge Handbook of Primary Elections (2018). He received a PhD from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Carleton College.