Welcome to Bob Huckfeldt's Home Page.
Department of Political Science
Robert Huckfeldt is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at
the University of California at Davis and
Director of the University of California Center Sacramento.
His primary research interests lie in participation, communication, and decision-making. The unifying focus of his work is on individuals who are imbedded within social contexts and connected to one another through networks of communication. He has carried out studies of urban neighborhoods, national election studies, comparative studies of urban areas, and cross-national election studies, as well as experimental studies and dynamic simulations of political processes. He is currently engaged in a study of political expertise within communication networks and the potential for individual level expertise to enhance the decision-making capacity of aggregate populations. This project involves survey analysis, group based experiments, and agent based models. He is the author or coauthor of Politics in Context; Race and the Decline of Class in American Politics; Citizens, Politics, and Social Communication; Political Disagreement; and a series of research articles.
He is the past president of the Midwest Political Science Association; past president of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association; and the past chair of the Political Networks Section of the American Political Science Association. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Information on Studies and Data Sets
I have undertaken a number of studies in collaboration with several colleagues, and the data sets for these studies can be obtained through the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research: the 1984 South Bend Study (ICPSR 6522), the 1992 American Study for the Cross-National Election Project (ICPSR 6541), and the 1996 Indianapolis-St. Louis Study (ICPSR 2962). I periodically post data sets for students and colleagues. If you are looking for one of them, please click here.
Current syllabi and related course materials can be located by clicking here.