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Brian Gaines

Brian Gaines

Primary Affiliation: W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Skill Highlights

W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Policy Expertise

Executive transition and incapacity
Redistricting and reapportionment
Election administration and Campaign Finance
Electoral College and Presidential Primaries
Public-Opinion Surveys
Fair Taxes

Experience & Background

Brian Gaines
About
Experience & Background

Brian Gaines’  research deals with all aspects of elections, electoral rules, and public opinion. Some of his work has dealt with campaign-finance fraud, pros and cons of convenience voting, inference from survey experiments, and assessing bias in electoral maps, and has appeared in such outlets as the American Statistician, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. He has published op-eds in many newspapers in Illinois, the San Jose Mercury News, and The Wall Street Journal. He follows politics in the United States, Canada, the UK, Germany, and, to a lesser extent, Europe and Australia. One of his major projects at present is a multi-nation study of public opinion about fairness in taxes.

Professional Activities

Editorial

Editor, American Politics Research, 2011-2015

Co-Editor (with Jake Bowers and Wendy Cho), The Political Methodologist, 2010-2013

Editor, UI Institute of Government & Public Affairs Policy Forum, 2006-08, 2009-11

Editorial Advisory Board, Canadian Journal of Political Science, 2007-2010

Editorial Board, American Politics Research, 2010-2011, 2015-Present

Professional Appointments

University of Illinois, Department of Political Science, Urbana-Champaign, IL. 

Professor, 2011 to Present. 

Associate Professor, 2001 – 2011.

Assistant Professor, 1995 – 2001. 

Institute of Government and Public Affairs, U of I System. 

Senior Scholar, 2020 to Present. 

Professor, 2011 – 2019. 

Associate Professor, 2003 – 2011.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL. 

European Union Center, 2005 to Present. 

Merriam Professorial Scholar for the Cline Center for Democracy, 2012 – 2014. 

Hoover Institution.

Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fell & Arch W. Shaw National Fellow, 2011 – 2013. 

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. 

Visiting Scholar, Department of Management, Strategy, and Innovation, 2019. 

Visiting Scholar, Department of Applied Economics, 1997 & 1999. 

Fudan University, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Shanghai, China. 

Guest Instructor, 2002. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta; Shad Valley, 1984.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC; B.A. honors, 1988.

Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford, CA; A.M., 1989.

Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford, CA; Ph.D., 1995.

 

Recent Publications

Eviction Expectations in the Aftermath of the Pandemic Moratoria
Eviction Expectations in the Aftermath of the Pandemic Moratoria

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