Richard G. Niemi

Richard G. Niemi

Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science

Associate Department Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

PhD, Michigan, 1967. Voting behavior, civic education, legislative term limits. Current research includes projects on civic education and generations and views of democracy. 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, 2013-2014 (CQ Press, 2013). Co-editor of a comparative volume on voting and elections, Comparing Democracies 4 (Sage, 2014). 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. Winner, in 2010, of the William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.


  • PSC 208 Undergraduate Research Seminar
  • PSC 211 Public Opinion and Voting
  • PSC 313 Voter Participation and Elections
  • PSC 511 Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior
  • PSC 512 Voting and Elections