Morris Fiorina

Morris Fiorina

Ph.D., University of Rochester, Rochester NY, Political Science (1972)
M.A., University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, Political Science (1971)
B.A., Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, Political Science (1968)


"I have spent the past 47 years teaching Caltech engineers, Harvard “gov-jocks,” and denizens of the Stanford bubble. Along the way I found time to write a number of books and articles that received a respectable amount of professional recognition (for those interested, you can find the gory details in my faculty profile on the political science department website). I study American politics and government in general, but for the past two decades I have concentrated on public opinion and elections.

"We are living in tumultuous times, the most conflictual since my own student years in the 1960s when the country was convulsed by antagonisms arising from the Civil Rights Revolution, the Vietnam War, and the rise of the counter-culture. While this societal disharmony is not a happy condition for our country, it offers an unusual opportunity to study the electorate of the world’s largest and most long-lived democracy at a time of exceptional interest, involvement and disruption.

"Students should be forewarned that in addition to being old, I am gruff and demanding and have no sense of humor whatsoever. Take this seminar at your peril. (smily emoji)"

Morris P. Fiorina is the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution. He received an undergraduate degree from Allegheny College (1968) and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (1972), and taught at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard University before coming to Stanford in 1998. Fiorina has written widely on American government and politics, with special emphasis on topics in the study of representation and elections. He has published numerous articles and written or edited ten books: Representatives, Roll Calls, and Constituencies; Congress--Keystone of the Washington Establishment (two editions); Retrospective Voting in American National Elections; The Personal Vote: Constituency Service and Electoral Independence (coauthored with Bruce Cain and John Ferejohn); Home Style and Washington Work (co-edited with David Rohde); Divided Government (two editions); Cvic Engagement in American Democracy (co-edited with Theda Skocpol), Change and Continuity in House Elections (co-edited with David Brady and John Cogan), Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America (three editions, with Samuel Abrams and Jeremy Pope), and most recently, Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics (with Samuel Abrams). Fiorina has served on the editorial boards of a dozen journals in the fields of Political Science, Political Economy, Law, and Public Policy, and from 1986-1990 served as chairman of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2006 the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association awarded him the Warren E. Miller Prize for career contributions to the field. Most recently he was named the 2009 Harold Lasswell Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. At Stanford Fiorina teaches the introductory course in American Politics.

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