His teaching and research interests are in American government and institutions (especially Congress and the Presidency), campaign finance, and election administration. His current research focuses on and evaluating the effectiveness of recent state-level campaign finance reforms, and election administration.He is the author of With the Stroke of a Pen: Executive Orders and Presidential Power (Princeton University Press, 2001), The Political Economy of Defense Contracting (Yale University Press, 1991), and The Dysfunctional Congress? The Individual Roots of an Institutional Dilemma (Westview Press, 1999, with David T. Canon). His work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Election Law Journal, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Regulation. Awards include: Leon Epstein Faculty Fellow award (College of Letters and Science (2012-2015); Jerry J. and Mary M. Cotter Award (College of Letters and Science, 2011-2012); Fulbright Distinghuished Chair in Political Science, Australian National University, Canberra ACT (2006); the Alliant Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award (UW System, 2006); the Vilas Associates award (College of Letters and Science, 2003-2004); and the 2002 Richard M. Neustadt Award, awarded by the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association for the best book published on the presidency in 2001, for With the Stroke of a Pen). He is active as an expert witness in campaign finance, redistricting, and voter ID litigation. Recent cases include NAACP et al. v. Scott Walker, et al. (voter ID case heard in Dane County, 2012); Baldus et al. v. Brennan et al (Eastern District of Wisconsin, redistricting litigation, 2011-2012); and McComish et al. v Brewer et al. (Arizona public election funding case, 2008-2009)
Barry C. Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, and Donald Moynihan "The Complicated Partisan Effects of State Election Laws,” Political Research Quarterly, forthcoming.
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, and Donald Moynihan. “Election Laws, Mobilization, and Turnout: The Unanticipated Consequences of Election Reform.” American Journal of Political Science 58, 1 (2014): 95-109.
David Canon, John Coleman, Kenneth Mayer. Faultlines: Debating the Issues in American Politics. 4th ed. 2014. Previous editions: 2011, 2007, 2004. New York: W.W. Norton.
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, Stéphane Lavertu, and Donald P. Moynihan. “Selection Methods, Partisanship, and the Administration of Elections,” Forthcoming (2013) American Politics Research.
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, and Donald P. Moynihan. “The Effects and Costs of Early Voting and Same Day Registration in the 2008 Elections,” Forthcoming (September, 2013) American Journal of Political Science.
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, Stéphane Lavertu, and Donald Moynihan. “Selection Methods, Partisanship, and the Administration of Elections.”;American Politics Research 41, 6 (2013): 903-36.
Burden, Barry C., Canon, David T., Mayer, Kenneth, & Moynihan, Donald P. (2012). The effect of administrative burden on bureaucratic perception of policies: Evidence from election administration. Public Administration Review, 72(5), 741-751.
Burden, B. C., Canon, D. T., Mayer, K. R., & Moynihan, D. P. (2011). Early voting and election day registration in the trenches: local officials' perceptions of election reform. Election Law Journal, 10(2), 89-102..