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Department of Political Science

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337 Commons Center

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Ph.D., Political Science, University of California-Berkeley

M.A., Political Science, Yale University


American Politics
Political Methodology

Research Networks

Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI)


Public opinion; Campaigns and elections; Representation; Public policy

Curriculum Vitae

Larry M. Bartels

Co-Director, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science

Bartels holds the May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science at Vanderbilt University. His scholarship and teaching focus broadly on American democracy, including public opinion, electoral politics, public policy, and political representation. His books include Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age; Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government (with Christopher Achen); Presidential Primaries and the Dynamics of Public Choice; Mass Politics in Tough Times: Opinions, Votes, and Protest in the Great Recession (co-edited with Nancy Bermeo); and Campaign Reform: Insights and Evidence (co-edited with Lynn Vavreck). He is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and of occasional pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and other media outlets.  Bartels was educated at Yale University (B.A., M.A.) and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.). He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2011 following stints at the University of Rochester (1983-1991) and Princeton University (1991-2011). He is a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, co-chair of the Social Science Research Council’s Working Group on Political Participation, and co-director of Vanderbilt’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. He has previously served as vice president of the American Political Science Association and president of its Political Methodology section, chair of the Board



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