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Department of Political Science
University of California at Davis
Davis, California    95616
phone:  530-752-0966
fax: 530-752-8666


Recent Research

 Robert Huckfeldt is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Davis. 

His primary research interests lie in participation, communication, and decision-making.  The unifying focus of his work is on individuals who are imbedded within social contexts and connected to one another through networks of communication.  He has carried out studies of urban neighborhoods, national election studies, comparative studies of urban areas, and cross-national election studies, as well as experimental studies and dynamic simulations of political processes.  He is currently engaged in a study of political expertise and influence within communication networks, as well as a study of the implications of the civil rights movement for the transformation of American politics and political parties.  These projects involve survey analysis, group based experiments, agent based models, roll call analyses, and more.  In addition to a series of journal articles and essays, he is the author or coauthor of Politics in Context (1986); Race and the Decline of Class in American Politics (1987)Citizens, Politics, and Social Communication (1995); Political Disagreement (2004); and Experts, Activists, and Interdependent Citizens (2014). 

He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.  He is the past president of the Midwest Political Science Association; past chair of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association; and the past president of the Political Networks Section of the American Political Science Association.  He has served in a number of administrative roles, including political science department chair at Indiana University and UC Davis, and director of the UC Center Sacramento and the UC Davis Institute for Governmental Affairs.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.