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:

American Macropolitics, Campaigns and Elections, Voting Behavior, American Political Parties, 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 563 - American Political Parties
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:

Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America, Princeton University Press, forthcoming in 2016.

Brief Bio:

James E. Campbell is a UB Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He is the author of four university press books and more than 80 journal articles and book chapters. His most recent book is Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America (Princeton University Press). It is forthcoming and is tentatively scheduled for publication in the early Fall of 2016. The second edition of his book The American Campaign: U.S. Presidential Campaigns and the National Vote (Texas A&M University Press) was published in 2008. He also co-edited Before the Vote and edited ten 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 served as Chair of the Department of Political Science at UB from 2006 to 2012.


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

“The Seats-in-Trouble Forecast of the 2014 Midterm Congressional Elections,” PS: Political Science& Politics, v.47, n.4 (October 2014), pp.779-81. Post-Election Note: “Catching the Republican Wave,” PS: Political Science & Politics, v.48, n.2 (April 2015), p.297.

“The Republican Wave of 2014: The Continuity of the 2012 and 2014 Elections,” The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics, v.12, n.4 (December 2014), pp. 609-26.

“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.

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


Last updated, 11/18/15.