Eric Schickler

Professor, Jeffrey & Ashley McDermott Endowed Chair
Department Chair
Department of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests:
Congress, American Political Development, Political Parties

Eric Schickler is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Disjointed Pluralism: Institutional Innovation and the Development of the U.S. Congress (Princeton University Press, 2001), which received APSA's Richard F. Fenno Award. His second book, Partisan Hearts and Minds (co-authored with Donald Green and Bradley Palmquist), was published in 2002 (Yale University Press). Most recently, he is co-author of Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the U.S. Senate (co-authored with Gregory Wawro; Princeton University Press, 2006). He has authored or co-authored articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Polity, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Social Science History. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of American politics, the U.S. Congress, rational choice theory, American political development, and public opinion.


Eric Schickler, , Department of Political Science
What should we make of Donald Trump’s recent lead in Republican primary polling? The answer from political scientists has tended to be “not much” – Trump’s “success” is just another example of a media-driven surge that will surely fade away amid the scrutiny that eventually hits all major...