UC Irvine’s American Politics group has grown to include leading scholars studying governing institutions like the presidency and courts, electoral behavior like voting and participation, as well as vital questions related to race, ethnicity, and gender, public opinion, media effects, and on and on. The thread that ties everyone together is a commitment to studying the theory and practice of American politics in ways that are theoretically insightful, empirically rigorous, and substantively important.
Befitting these objectives, UCI’s graduate curriculum in American Politics is noteworthy
for its theoretical and methodological diversity. Graduate training at UC Irvine
introduces students to various substantive foci and methodological tools before helping
lead them to delve deeply into specific phenomena, with the overriding aim of preparing
students to execute insightful, innovative research about important questions in American
Faculty members include: