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William T. Bianco


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  • Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1987

I'm a Professor of Political Science at Indiana University - Bloomington. My current research uses a tool for predicting legislative decisions under majority rule to understand institutional choices, the evolution of parties and party systems, and responsiveness to citizen demands -- in the US Congress, state legislatures, new democracies, and electoral authoritarian regimes.  A second project analyzes the factors shaping cooperation between American and Russian space programs on the International Space Station.  A third project develops new tools for assessing learning outcomes in online classes.  My previous work has focused mainly on legislative politics, including trust and responsiveness, campaign finance, and strategic behavior.  These interests have led me to develop a broad mix of approaches and research techniques, from game-theoretic models and experimental methods to statistical techniques and participant-observation fieldwork.

At IU I teach undergraduate classes in American Politics (including Congress and Introduction to America Government) and Theory and Methods, and graduate classes in Legislative Politics and Formal Theory.   I've also coauthored (with David Canon) a textbook, American Politics Today.

I've been a PI or co-PI on five National Science Foundation Grants (including two Dissertation Improvement Grants), a grant from the National Council for Eurasian and Eastern European Research, and various internal university grants.  I've also been a member of the NSF Political Science Panel and am currently on the Editorial Board of American Journal of Political Science.