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Department of Political Science

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337 Commons Center

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Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment.


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 joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2011. His scholarly work focuses on public opinion, electoral politics, public policy, and political representation. His 2008 book, Unequal Democracy, appeared on a New York Times list of “economics books of the year” and won the Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the year’s best book on U.S. national policy. He is also the author of Presidential Primaries and the Dynamics of Public Choice (1988), which won the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the year’s best book on government, politics, or international affairs, and co-editor of Mass Politics in Tough Times (with Nancy Bermeo, 2014) and Campaign Reform (with Lynn Vavreck, 2000). Bartels has served as vice president of the American Political Science Association and president of its Political Methodology section, chair of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies, and founding director of Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. He is currently a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation and an occasional contributor to the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. In 2014 he received the Warren E. Miller Prize for an outstanding career of intellectual accomplishment and service to the profession in the field of elections, public opinion, and voting behavior. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the National Academy of Sciences.



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