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Thad Kousser

Department Chair/ Professor of Political Science

Thad Kousser, who studies American state and national politics, voting reforms, direct democracy, and how politicians use social media, joined the department in 2003 and has served as chair since 2016. His work has been published in journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Political Science Review, the Revue Francaise de Science Politique, the Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis. He has authored or edited the books The Logic of American Politics, Politics in the American States, The Power of American GovernorsThe New Political Geography of CaliforniaTerm Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism, and Adapting to Term Limits: Recent Experiences and New Directions.  He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, held the Flinders Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Flinders University in Australia, received UCSD's Academic Senate's Distinguished Teaching Award, served as co-editor of the journals Legislative Studies Quarterly and State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and has worked as a staff assistant in the California, New Mexico, and United States Senates. Kousser also comments on American politics for venues such as NPR, CNBC Asia, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.  

Ph.D. UC-Berkeley, 2002
State Politics, Legislatures and Legislative Elections, and California Politics

Curriculum Vitae

Term Limits             governorsterm limitsamerican statespolitical geographylogic