Erik J. Engstrom

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672 Kerr Hall
Office Hours
Spring 2024: Mondays 1pm-3pm, or by appointment (available either in-person or over Zoom)


Erik Engstrom specializes in the study of the U.S. Congress, political parties, and American political development. He is the author of four books: The Politics of Ballot Design (with Jason M. Roberts, 2021, Cambridge), Race, Class, and Social Welfare (with Robert Huckfeldt, 2020, Cambridge), Partisan Gerrymandering and the Construction of American Democracy (2013, Michigan) and Party Ballots, Reform, and the Transformation of America’s Electoral System (with Samuel Kernell, 2014, Cambridge, 2015 Winner of the J. David Greenstone Prize). His research articles have appeared in leading political science journals, including the American Political Science Review and the American Journal of Political Science. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. He served as the UC Davis Department Chair from 2017 to 2021. Prior to joining UC Davis in 2008 he served as a faculty member for five years at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.