Edward G. Carmines

Edward G. Carmines

Distinguished Professor, Political Science

Warner O. Chapman Professor, Political Science

James H. Rudy Professor, Political Science


  • Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo, 1975

About Edward G. Carmines

Edward G. Carmines is Distinguished Professor, Warner O. Chapman Professor of Political Science and Rudy Professor at Indiana University. He is also the director of the Center on American Politics and the research director at the Center on Representative Government at Indiana University. His research focuses on American politics, especially elections, public opinion, and political behavior. He has published widely in the major journals in the discipline including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. He is the coauthor of six books, two of which, Issue Evolution: Race and Transformation of American Politics, with James A. Stimson (Princeton University Press 1992), and Reaching beyond Race, with Paul M. Sniderman (Harvard University Press 1997), won the American Political Science Association’s Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best book in the field of U.S. national policy. In 2012 Issue Evolution was awarded the Philip E. Converse Award from the American Political Science Association for an outstanding and influential book published at least five years ago. Four of his papers presented at academic conferences have won outstanding paper awards, including the Franklin L. Burdette Pi Sigma Alpha Award, the Pi Sigma Alpha Award, and the Chastain Award.

Professor Carmines was a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford in 1998, a Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2000-01 and in the spring semester, 2012, and a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University in 2006-07. In 1987 he was awarded the AMOCO Award for Distinguished Teaching from Indiana University. He chaired the Department of Political Science at IU for seven years, from 1990 to 1997.

Professor Carmines is currently working on three major research projects, one with Michael Ensley and Michael Wagner that examines how the American public has responded to partisan polarization, a second with Michael Wagner and Jessica Gerrity focusing on public evaluations of Congress, and a third with J. Merrill Shanks, Henry Brady, and Douglas Strand that examines the role that voters’ policy preferences have played in their electoral decisions in recent presidential and congressional elections.

He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement Science and a past President of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Selected Publications

Carmines, Edward G., Michael Ensley, and Michael W. Wagner. 2018. “The Role of Populists in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and Beyond.” In The State of the Parties 2018, ed. John C. Green, Daniel J. Coffey, and David B. Cohen. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Carmines, Edward G. and Eric R. Schmidt. 2018. “Analyzing the Evidence: Is the Public as Polarized as Congress?" Chapter insert for American Government: Power and Purpose, 15th edition, ed. Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth Shepsle, and Stephen Ansolabehere. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 394-396.

Carmines, Edward G. and Eric R. Schmidt. 2018. “Critical Elections, Partisan Realignment, and Long-Term Electoral Change in American Politics." Published at Oxford Bibliographies Online, ed. L. Sandy Maisel.

Carmines, Edward G., Michael W. Wagner, and Eric R. Schmidt. 2018. “Issue Evolution." Forthcoming in Polling America: An Encyclopedia of Public Opinion, ed. Samuel J. Best and Richard L. Clark. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Carmines, Edward G. and Matthew Fowler. “Political Ideology.” 2017. In The Sage Encyclopedia of Political Behavior, Vol. 2, ed. Fathali Moghaddam. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 614-616.

Carmines, Edward G. and Matthew Fowler. 2017. “The Temptations of Executive Authority: How Increased Polarization and the Decline in Legislative Capacity Have Contributed to the Expansion of Presidential Power.” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 24(2): 369-397. DOI: 10.2979/indjglolegstu.24.2.0369

Carmines, Edward G. and Eric R. Schmidt. 2017. “A Discussion of Katherine J.Cramer's The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker." Contribution to book review symposium. Perspectives on Politics 15(2): 527-528.