Bruce Cain

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Bruce E. Cain, Heller Professor of Political Science and Director of the UC, Washington Center, came to UC Berkeley in 1989 from the California Institute of Technology, where he taught from 1976 to 1989. A summa cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College (1970), he studied as a Rhodes Scholar (1970-1972) at Trinity College, Oxford. In 1976 he received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. His writings includeThe Reapportionment Puzzle (1984), The Personal Vote (1987), written with John Forejohn and Morris Fiorina, and Congressional Redistricting (1991), with David Butler. He has also co-edited numerous books, including Developments in American Politics, Volume I - IV, with Gillian Peele,Constitutional Reform in California, with Roger Noll, Racial and Ethnic Politics in California, Vol. II, with Michael Preston and Sandra Bass, and Voting at the Political Fault Line: California's Experiment with the Blanket Primary with Elisabeth R. Gerber (2002). Professor Cain has served as a polling consultant for state and senate races to Fairbank, Canapary and Maulin (1985-86); redistricting consultant to (among others) the Justice Department, 1989; Los Angeles County, 1991; San Diego Citizens Commission on Redistricting, 2001; City and County of San Francisco, 2002; Special Master for a three judge panel, Arizona State Legislative Redistricting, 2002; consultant to the Los Angeles Times (1986-89) and political commentator for numerous radio and television stations in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. He received the Zale Award for Outstanding Achievement in Policy Research and Public Service in March, 2000, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April, 2000.

State and Local Politics, California Politics, Legislatures


B.A., Bowdoin College, Ph.D., Political Science, Harvard University

Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Heller Professor