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D. Roderick Kiewiet
Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Political Science


Mail Code 230-87
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California 91125

Room 02 Parsons-Gates
(626) 395-3480 (o)
(626) 577-9246 (f)
B.A., University of Iowa, 1974.
Ph.D., Yale University, 1980.
Gladys M. Kammerer Award (shared with Mathew D. McCubbins) for the best book on U.S. national policy, American Political Science Association, 1992.

Congressional Quarterly Press Award (shared with Mathew D. McCubbins) for the outstanding paper in legislative politics presented at the preceding Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, 1986.

Jacob Marshak Colloquium Lecturer, University of California at Los Angeles, 1986.
Dean of Graduate Studies 2000 - present
Dean of Students 1992-1996
Director of Graduate Studies, Social Sciences 1985-88
Core Curriculum Steering Committee 1998-2000
Chairman, Committee on Undergraduate Research for Accreditation Review 1997
Scholarships and Financial Aid Committee 1997-present
SURF Administrative Committee 1996-present
Undergraduate Admissions Committee 1996-1997
Convocations Committee 1992-present
Chairman, Centennial House Committee 1991
Drug and Alcohol Policy Advisory Committee 1990
Chairman, Housing Committee 1989-92
Housing Committee 1989-92
Graduate Studies Committee 1985-88
Nominating Committee of the Faculty Board 1988-89
Steering Committee of the Faculty Board 1986-87
Faculty Board 1986-89
Chairman, Undergraduate Academic Standards and Honors Committee 1985-88
Undergraduate Academic Standards and Honors Committee 1983-88


Legislatures: Comparative Perspectives on Representative Assemblies, an edited volume, with Gerhard Loewenberg and Peverill Squire. Forthcoming, University of Michigan Press.

Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy, with Elisabeth R. Gerber, Arthur Lupia, and Mathew D. McCubbins. 2000. Prentice Hall.

The Logic of Delegation: Congressional Parties and the Appropriations Process, with Mathew D. McCubbins. 1991. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Macroeconomics and Micropolitics: The Electoral Effects of Economic Issues. 1983. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.



"Are the Communists Dying Out in Russia?” with Mikhail Myagkov. Forthcoming, Communist and Post-Communist Studies.

“Domestic Discretionary Appropriations, 1950-1999: Here’s the President. Where’s the Party?” with Keith Krehbiel. Forthcoming, Leviathan.

“Retrospective Voting.” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Forthcoming, Elsevier Science Limited. 

“Economic Retrospective Voting and Incentives for Policymaking.” 2000. Electoral Studies 19:427-44.

“Californians Can’t Blame Everything on Proposition 13.” 1999. Public Affairs Report 40 (6):13-16.

“Twenty-five Years After Kramer: An Assessment of Economic Retrospective Voting
Upon Imposed Estimates on Income and Unemployment,” with Michael Udell. 1998. 
Economic and Politics 10:219-48.

“The Emergence of the Private Sector in Russia: A Financial Market Perspective,” with Mikhail Myagkov. 1998. Post-Soviet Affairs 14:23-47.

"Czar Rule in the Russian Congress of Peoples' Deputies?'' with Mikhail Myagkov, Legislative Studies Quarterly 21 (1996):5-40.
"Constitutional Restrictions on Borrowing: An Analysis of State Bonded Indebtedness,'' with Kristin Szakaly. Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 12 (1996):62-97.
"Constitutional Limitations on Indebtedness: The Case of California.'' In Bruce Cain and Roger Noll (eds.) Constitutional Reform in California. Berkeley, California: Institute of Governmental Studies, 1995.
"Transitional Institutions and Parliamentary Alignments in Russia, 1990-1993,'' with Thomas Remington, Steven Smith and Moshe Haspel. In Parliaments in Transition, edited by Thomas Remington. 1994. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press.
"Voting Alignments in the Russian Congress of People's Deputies,'' with Thomas Remington and Steven Smith. In Working Papers on Comparative Legislative Studies, edited by Lawrence Longley. 1994. In Appleton, Wisconsin. Research Committee of Legislative Specialists of the International Political Science Association.
"An Analysis of Congressional Career Decisions, 1947-86'' with Langche Zeng. American Political Science Review 87 (1993):928-41.
"Voting on Growth Control Measures: Preferences and Strategies,'' with Jeffrey Dubin and Charles Noussair. Economics and Politics 4 (1992):191-213.
"The Acquisition of Partisanship by Latinos and Asian-Americans: Immigrants and Native-Born Citizens,'' with Bruce E. Cain and Carole J. Uhlaner. American Journal of Political Science 35 (1991):390-422.
"Bureaucrats and Budgetary Outcomes: Quantitative Analyses,'' in the The Budget Maximizing Bureaucrat: The Empirical Evidence, edited by André Blais and Stéphane Dion. 1991. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
"Parties, Committees, and Policymaking in the U.S. Congress: A Comment on the Role of Transaction Costs as Determinants of the Governance Structure of Political Institutions,'' with Mathew D. McCubbins. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 145 (1989):676-85.
"Explaining Patterns of Candidate Competition in Congressional Elections,'' with Jeffrey S. Banks. American Journal of Political Science 33 (1989):997-1015.
"Political Participation, Race, and Ethnicity,'' with Bruce E. Cain and Carole J. Uhlaner. Political Behavior 11 (1989):195-231.
"Presidential Influence on Congressional Appropriations Decisions,'' with Mathew D. McCubbins. American Journal of Political Science 32 (1988):713-36.
"Latinos and the 1984 Election: A Comparative Perspective,'' with Bruce E. Cain. In Ignored Voices: Public Polls and the Latino Community, edited by Rodolfo de la Garza. 1987. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press.
"California's Coming Minority Majority,'' with Bruce E. Cain. Public Opinion 9 (1986):50-2.
"The Economic Basis of Reagan's Appeal,'' with R. Douglas Rivers. In The New Direction in American Politics, edited by Paul E. Peterson and John Chubb. 1985. Washington, D. C.: The Brookings Institution.
"Congressional Appropriations and the Electoral Connection,'' with Mathew D. McCubbins. Journal of Politics 47 (1985):59-82.
"The Effects of Economic Issues upon Voting for President, 1960-80.'' In Political Economy in Advanced Industrial Societies, edited by Norman Vig and Steven E. Schier. 1985. New York: Holmes and Meier.
"Appropriations Decisions as a Bilateral Bargaining Game between President and Congress,'' with Mathew D. McCubbins. Legislative Studies Quarterly 10 (1985):181-202.
"A Retrospective on Retrospective Voting,'' with R. Douglas Rivers. Political Behavior 6 (1984):1-26.
"Ethnicity and Electoral Choice: Mexican-American Voting Behavior in the California 30th Congressional District,'' with Bruce Cain. Social Science Quarterly 65 (1984):315-27.
"Comment on Burnham.'' Social Science and Modern Society 21 (1984):24-6.
"Policy-Oriented Voting in Response to Economic Issues.'' American Political Science Review 75 (1981):448-59.
"Sociotropic Politics: The American Case,'' with D. R. Kinder. British Journal of Political Science 11 (1981):129-61.
"Economic Grievances and Political Behavior: The Role of Personal Discontents and Collective Judgments in Congressional Voting,'' with D. R. Kinder. American Journal of Political Science 23 (1979):495-527.
"Approval Voting: The Case of the 1968 Election.'' Polity 12 (1979):170-81.


Book Reviews

Institutional Change, Discretion, and the Making of Modern Congress, by Glenn R. Parker. In American Political Science Review 87 (1993):797.
Public Opinion and Public Policy in Canada, by Richard Johnston. In Canadian Public Policy 13 (1987):249-50.
Interpreting Elections, by Stanley Kelley. Political Science Quarterly 100 (1985):153-4.
Political Attitudes in America, by Paul R. Abramson. Science 220 (1983):1144-5.
Other Publications
“The Demise of California’s Public Schools Reconsidered.” 1999. Engineering and Science 62:20-27.

“Studying Russia,” with Steven Smith. 1997. APSA Legislative Studies Section Newsletter 20: 6-8.
“Madison, Factions, and Vote Trading in the First Federal Congress".

"Back to the Beginning: A Reconsideration of the Electoral Effects of Economic Fluctuations in Light of Revised Estimates of Growth and Unemployment,'' with Michael Udell.

Editorial Board, American Journal of Political Science, 1983-85, 1992-1994.
Executive Council, Western Political Science Association, 1994-present.
Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly, 1994-present.
Local Arrangements Chair, Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, 1993.
Section Head, Legislative Politics and Processes, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, 1990.
National Science Foundation Advisory Board, 1988-90.
Editorial Board, Western Political Quarterly, 1984-87.



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