James E. Campbell

James Campbell


UB Distinguished Professor
Ph.D., Syracuse University
Email: jcampbel@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-645-8452
Office: 511 Park Hall
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Personal Website

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Areas of Teaching and Research Interests:

Campaigns and Elections, Voting Behavior, American Political Parties, American Macropolitics, Election Forecasting, Public Opinion, Campaign Finance, Political Participation, Presidential Politics, Presidential-Congressional Relations, and Electoral Systems.

Courses Taught:

PSC 306 - The American Presidency

PSC 344 - Presidential Campaigns
PSC 376 - Politics and Money
PSC 436 - Citizen Participation

PSC 490 - Honors Seminar: Political Polarization in America

PSC 495 - Senior Seminar: American Macropolitics
PSC 505 - Seminar on American Politics
PSC 665 - Voting & Public Opinion

PSC 664 - The American Presidency
PSC 761 - American Political Frontiers: Campaign Finance Reform
PSC 761 - American Political Frontiers: American Macropolitics

Current Research:

Election forecasting, the causes of political polarization, the economic records of the presidents, and a book project on Evaluating the Presidents.

Brief Bio:

James E. Campbell is a UB Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He is the author of three university press books and more than 80 journal articles and book chapters. His most recent book, The American Campaign: U.S. Presidential Campaigns and the National Vote, was published in its second edition by Texas A&M University Press. He also co-edited Before the Vote and edited eight journal symposia. Professor Campbell served as Chair of the Political Forecasting Group (a related group of the APSA), as President of Pi Sigma Alpha (the national political science honor society), as a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association, and as a program director of the Political Science Program at the National Science Foundation. He has been a member of six editorial boards of political science journals and seven executive councils of political science organizations. Prior to joining the UB faculty in 1998, he was on the faculties of the University of Georgia from 1980 to 1988 and Louisiana State University from 1988 to 1998. He was Chair of the Department of Political Science at UB from 2006 to 2012.


Selected Recent Research (See Personal Webpage for more publications and data):

“Issues in Presidential Election Forecasting: Election Margins, Incumbency, and Model Credibility,” PS: Political Science& Politics, v.47, n.2 (April 2014), 301-3.
    London School of Economics blog posting based on the article here.

“Has Growing Income Inequality Polarized the American Electorate? Class, Party, and Ideological Polarization,” Social Science Quarterly, v.94, n.4 (December 2013) pp.1062-83. With Bryan J. Dettrey.

“The Miserable Presidential Election of 2012: A First Party-Term Incumbent Survives,” The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics, v.10, n.4, (February 2013) pp.20-8.

"The Economic Records of the Presidents: Party Differences and Inherited Economic Conditions," The Forum, v.9, n. 1, (April 2011) and a response to critics in "The President's Economy: Parity in Presidential Party Performance," Presidential Studies Quarterly, v.42, n.4 (December 2012), 811-18. See the webpage on this issue.

“The Theory of Conditional Retrospective Voting: Does the Presidential Record Matter Less in Open Seat Elections?” The Journal of Politics, v.72, n.4 (October 2010), pp. 1083-1095. With Bryan J. Dettrey and Hongxing Yin.

“Explaining Politics, Not Polls: Examining Macropartisanship with Recalibrated NES Data,” Public Opinion Quarterly, v.74, n.4 (October 2010), pp.616-42.


Last updated, 4/24/14.