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     Byron E. Shafer

Title: Hawkins Chair of Political Science
Website: http://users.polisci.wisc.edu/bshafer
Office: 322A North Hall
Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-4 pm; by appointment.
Phone: 608.263.1909
Has Voicemail: Yes
E-Mail: bshafer@polisci.wisc.edu
Keywords: American Political Development, Elections, Political Culture, Political Orders, Political Parties, Presidency, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Race, Religion, Structural Change, Voting Behavior
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Research and teaching in American politics, broadly construed. Particular interests include: political parties, institutional reform, social cleavages, policy conflict, issue evolution, political orders, American political development, national party conventions, cultural issues, electoral campaigns, American exceptionalism, British politics, comparative politics of the G-7, empirical theory, classical political science, sociology of knowledge. Concerned with the ‘big picture’ in American political life, and with locating further research within this larger framework.

Major monographs on reform politics (Quiet Revolution:The Struggle for the Democratic Party and the Shaping of Post-Reform Politics), on institutional change (Bifurcated Politics: Evolution and Reform in the National Party Convention), on policy divisions (The Two Majorities: The Issue Context of Modern American Politics, with William J.M Claggett), on structural influences (The End of Southern Exceptionalism: Class, Race, and Partisan Change in the Postwar South, with Richard G.C. Johnston), on public opinion (The American Public Mind: The Issue Structure of Mass Politics in the Postwar United States, with William J.M. Claggett; for the codebook and dataset from this project in Stata format, click here), and on strategic dilemmas in our time (The American Political Landscape, with Richard H. Spady; Harvard University Press, 2014). Many recent article-length pieces collected in The Two Majorities and the Puzzle of Modern American Politics. Click on Current CV for more detail.

Presently working on two further monographs: 1) Widening Gyre: Social Structure and Policy Preference in the Transformation of the American Party System, 2) Party Balance, Partisan Polarization, and Policy Conflict: American Politics 1932-2015.

Undergraduate lectures supported by an extensive library of campaign ads. For a current undergraduate class, click on PS 184. For the larger enterprise of which these ads are a part, see Wisconsin Advertising Project and Wesleyan Advertising Project. Graduate classes taught in modified master-class format. For a current example, click on PS 904a or PS 904b or PS 904c. I am also Editor of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics, which applies professional political science to current political developments.


Recent Publications

Byron Shafer, Jason Engle, and William J.M. Claggett. "The Evolution of Mass Ideologies in Modern American Politics", The Forum 12(2014), Issue 2, Article 2.   
Byron Shafer, and Richard H. Spady. The American Political Landscape (Harvard University Press, 2014).   
Byron Shafer, and Richard Spady. The American Political Landscape (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, in press)   
Byron Shafer, “The Master, the Acolytes, and the Study of American Politics”, in Angie Maxwell and Todd G. Shields, eds., Unlocking V.O. Key, Jr.: “Southern Politics” for the Twenty-First Century (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2011).   
Byron Shafer, Pär Jason Engle. "Where Are We in History? 2010 in the Longest Run." The Forum 8, 4 (2010).   
Byron Shafer, and William J. M. Claggett. The American Public Mind: The Issues Structure of Mass Politics in the Postwar United States. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.   
Byron Shafer The Pure Partisan Institution: National Party Conventions as Research Sites”, in L. Sandy Maisel, ed., Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).   
Byron Shafer, and Richard Johnston. The End of Southern Exceptionalism: Class, Race, and Partisan Change in the Postwar South. 2006. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.   
Byron Shafer The Two Majorities and the Puzzle of Modern American Politics.  2003.  Lawrence: University Press of Kansas.   
Byron Shafer, and Anthony J. Badger, eds., Contesting Democracy: Substance and Structure in American Political History, 1775-2000.  2001.  Lawrence: University Press of Kansas.