Shafer, Byron E. 1947-

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SHAFER, Byron E. 1947-

PERSONAL: Born January 8, 1947, in Hanover, PA; married; children: one son. Education: Yale University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1968; University of California—Berkeley, Ph.D., 1979.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of Political Science, 110 North Hall, University of Wisconsin—Madison, Madison, WI 53706; fax: 608-265-2663. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY, resident scholar, 1977-84; Florida State University, Tallahassee, associate professor of political science, 1984-85; Oxford University, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Government and professorial fellow of Nuffield College, both 1985-2000, acting warden of Nuffield College, 2000-01; University of Wisconsin—Madison, holder of Glenn B. and Cleone Orr Hawkins chair of political science, 2001—.

MEMBER: American Political Science Association, American Historical Association, American Sociological Association, Organization of American Historians, National Conference of University Professors, Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, British Association for American Studies, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha.

AWARDS, HONORS: American Political Science Association, E. E. Schattschneider Prize, 1980, for doctoral dissertation, Jack L. Walker Award, 1997, for the article "Primary Rules, Political Power, and Social Change," and Franklin P. Burdette Prize, 1990; prize from American Association and World Association of Public Opinion Researchers, 1991, for the article "Life and Death As Public Policy: Capital Punishment and Abortion in American Public Opinion."


Quiet Revolution: The Struggle for the Democratic Party and the Shaping of Post-Reform Politics, Russell Sage Foundation (New York, NY), 1983.

The Changing Structure of American Politics, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 1986.

Bifurcated Politics: Evolution and Reform in the National Party Convention, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1988.

(With William J. M. Claggett) The Two Majorities: The Issue Context of Modern American Politics, Johns Hopkins University Press (Baltimore, MD), 1995.

The Two Majorities and the Puzzle of Modern American Politics, University Press of Kansas (Lawrence, KS), 2003.

Contributor to books, including The Republican Revolution on Capitol Hill, edited by Dean McSweeney and John E. Owens, Macmillan (Basingstoke, England), 1998. Contributor to periodicals, including Electoral Studies, Journal of Politics, International Political Science Review, Corruption and Reform, Public Interest, and Journal of Law and Politics.


(With James I. Lengle) Presidential Politics: Readings on Nominations and Elections, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1980, 2nd edition, 1983.

(And contributor) Is America Different? A New Look at American Exceptionalism, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 1991.

(And contributor) The End of Realignment? Interpreting American Electoral Eras, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 1991.

(And contributor) Postwar Politics in the G-7: Orders and Eras in Comparative Perspective, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 1996.

(And contributor) Present Discontents: American Politics in the Very Late Twentieth Century, Chatham House (Chatham, NJ), 1997.

(And contributor) Partisan Approaches to Post-War American Politics, Chatham House, 1998.

(With Anthony J. Badger; and contributor) Contesting Democracy: Substance and Structure in American Political History, 1775-2000, University Press of Kansas (Lawrence, KS), 2001.

(And author of introduction) The State of American Politics, Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham, MD), 2002.

Member of editorial board, Journal of American Studies, 1986—, and Journal of Policy History, 1994—.

WORK IN PROGRESS: The Transformation of Southern Politics: Structural Change and Partisan Shifts in the Postwar South, with Richard G. C. Johnston; Public Wishes: Issue Evolution, Policy Preferences, and Voting Behavior in Postwar American Politics, with William J. M. Claggett; Mapping the Political Landscape: Policy Positions and Social Coalitions in Postwar American Politics, with Richard H. Spady.



Choice, April, 2002, P. D. Travis, review of Contesting Democracy: Substance and Structure in American Political History, 1775-2000, p. 1481; November, 2002, T. M. Jackson, review of The State of American Politics, p. 555; November, 2003, H. L. Reiter, review of The Two Majorities and the Puzzle of Modern American Politics, p. 623.

History: Review of New Books, winter, 2004, Richard Jensen, review of The Two Majorities and the Puzzle of Modern American Politics, p. 45.

Journal of American History, June, 2003, Mark Wahlgren Summers, review of Contesting Democracy, pp. 214-215.

Journal of Southern History, August, 2003, Robert Griffith, review of Contesting Democracy, p. 676.

Perspectives on Political Science, winter, 2003, James R. Hurtgen, review of Contesting Democracy, p. 43.