Richard F Bensel

Gary S. Davis Professor of Government


Richard Bensel (Ph.D. Cornell University) is the Gary S. Davis Professor of Government. His primary fields are American politics and political economy. His research and teaching interests include American political development, parties and elections, the United States Congress, comparative state formation, political culture, institutional change, and philosophy of social science. You can find his CV here.


Course Syllabi

Govt 4021 American Conservative Thought

Govt 6122 Philosophical and Empirical Foundations of the Social Sciences

Govt 6202 Political Culture

Research Focus

  • American Political Development
  • Parties and Elections
  • United States Congress
  • Comparative State Formation
  • Institutional Change
  • Political Culture
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences