Eulau, Heinz 1915-2004

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EULAU, Heinz 1915-2004


See index for CA sketch: Born October 14, 1915, in Offenbach, Germany; died of bone cancer, January 23, 2004, in Stanford, CA. Political scientist, educator, and author. Eulau, a professor emeritus at Stanford University, was a founder of the behavioral movement in political science. Born in Germany, he left his native country for the United States in 1935 and attended the University of California at Berkeley for both his undergraduate and graduate studies. He finished his Ph.D. in 1941, after working a year as a research associate in the Library of Congress, and during the war he was a propaganda analyst for the U.S. Department of Justice. Next, Eulau joined the New Republic staff as an assistant editor for three years. In 1947, however, he settled into academia, first as a professor at Antioch College from 1947 to 1957, and then joining the Stanford University faculty, where he rose to the position of William Bennett Munro Professor in 1973, retiring in 1986. Eulau served as chair of the political science department at Stanford from 1969 to 1974 and again from 1981 to 1984; off campus, he also was president of the American Political Science Association from 1971 to 1972 and a founder of the Legislative Studies Quarterly in 1976. But it was for his groundbreaking research work in political science that he really made a name for himself. Beginning in the 1950s, Eulau started studying the political process in the United States from a sociological and psychological viewpoint; he conducted research on such topics as voting behavior and also wrote insightfully on the behavior of legislators. He published his findings in such books as The Legislative System (1962), Micro-Macro Political Analysis: Accents of Inquiry (1969), The Politics of Representation: Continuities in Theory and Research (1978), Politics, Self, and Society (1986), Crossroads of Social Science (1989), Micro-Macro Dilemmas in Political Science (1996), The Politics of Academic Culture: Foibles, Fables and Facts (1998), and the coauthored The Mishpokhe from Eulau-Jilove (2001). In his honor, the American Political Science Association created the Heinz Eulau Award in 1986, and the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society established the Heinz Eulau Political Behavior fellowship in 2002.



San Francisco Chronicle, January 30, 2004, p. A25.


Mercury News, (January 30, 2004), Kim Vo, "Heinz, Cleo Eulau, Stanford Professor."

Stanford University News Service, (January 27, 2004), Lisa Trei, "Heinz Eulau, Pioneer in Political Behavior Research, Dead at 88."