Richard G. Niemi
Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science
Associate Department Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies
PhD, Michigan, 1967. Voting behavior, legislative term limits, civic education. Current research includes projects on state legislative elections, and voting machines and ballot design. Co-author/editor of a new edition of the highly respected Controversies in Voting Behavior (CQ Press, 2010) and of the widely known compilation Vital Statistics on American Politics, 2011-2012 (CQ Press, forthcoming). Also co-editor of a comparative volume on voting and elections, Comparing Democracies 3 (Sage, 2010). Co-author of a work on usability aspects of voting machines and ballot design, Voting Technology: The Not-So-Simple Act of Casting a Ballot (Brookings, 2007). Co-editor of Institutional Change in American Politics: The Case of Term Limits (University of Michigan Press, 2007). Teaches courses in the field of American politics and on writing. Winner, in 2010, of the William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.