Bruce E. Cain

Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director
2012 - Present
Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Humanities and Sciences
Professor of Political Science
Office: (650) 725-1320

Ph.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1976
B.Phil., Oxford University, Oxford, England, 1972
B.A., Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1970

The distinguished political scientist Bruce E. Cain is the Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Humanities and Sciences. Professor Cain succeeded the Center's founding faculty co-director, David M. Kennedy, and is tasked with carrying on the Center's study of the past, present and future of the American West.

Professor Cain brings a wealth of experience in U.S. and California politics. A pioneer in computer-assisted redistricting, he is a well-known expert on elections, term limits, polling, and the relationships between lobbyists and elected officials. He is a frequently cited source in media coverage of politics. 


Summa Cum Laude with High Honors in History, Bowdoin College, 1970
Rhodes Scholar, Trinity College, Oxford, England, 1970-1972
Richard F. Fenno Prize, 1988 (co-winner with J. A. Ferejohn and M. Fiorina)
ASCIT Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1988
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2000
Distinguished Research Mentoring of Undergraduates Award, College of Letters and Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
The American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha (The National Political Science Honor Society), award for outstanding teaching in Political Science, 2003.


Member, APSA, 1976-present
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2000-present
Member, AFTRA, 1996-present
Editorial Board, American Journal of Political Science, 1985 
Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly, 1989-1991 
Editorial Board, Election Law Journal, 2005-present 
Editorial Board, American Politics Research, 2006-present



The Reapportionment Puzzle. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.

The Personal Vote (with John A. Ferejohn and Morris P. Fiorina). Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1987.

Congressional Redistricting (with David Butler). New York: Macmillan, 1992.

Developments in American Politics, co-edited with Gillian Peele and Christopher Bailey. Houndmills: Macmillan, June, 1992.

Developments in American Politics II, co-edited with Gillian Peele, Christopher Bailey, and B. Guy Peters. Houndmills: Macmillan, 1994.

Constitutional Reform in California: Making State Government More Effective and Responsive, co-edited with Roger Noll. Berkeley: IGS Press, 1995.

Governing California: Politics, Government and Public Policy in the Golden State, co-edited with Gerald Lubenow. Berkeley: IGS Press, 1997.

Developments in American Politics III, co-edited with Gillian Peele, Christopher Bailey and B. Guy Peters. Houndmills: Macmillan, 1998.

Racial and Ethnic Politics in California, Vol. II, co-edited with Michael Preston and Sandra Bass. Berkeley: IGS Press, 1998.

Ethnic Context, Race Relations and California Politics, with Jack Citrin and Cara Wong, San Francisco: Public Policy Institute of California, 2000. 

Voting at the Political Fault Line: California’s Experiment with the Blanket Primary, co-edited with Elisabeth R. Gerber, The University of California Press, 2002.

Developments in American Politics IV, co-edited with Gillian Peele, Christopher Bailey, and B. Guy Peters, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Democracy Transformed?: Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies, co-edited with Russ Dalton and Susan Scarrow, Oxford University Press, 2003.

The Season of Our Discontent: Voters’ Views on Improving California Elections, Mark Baldassare, Bruce E. Cain, D. E. Apollonio, and Jonathan Cohen, Public Policy Institute of California, monograph, 2004.

Adapting to Term Limits, Bruce E. Cain, Thad Kousser, Public Policy Institute of California Monograph, 2004.

Party Lines: Competition, Partisanship and Congressional Redistricting, Thomas Mann, Bruce E. Cain, eds., Washington, DC, Brookings Institution, 2005.

Developments in American Politics V, co-edited with Gillian Peele, Christopher Bailey, B. Guy Peters, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Clicker Politics: Essays on the California Recall, Shaun Bowler and Bruce E. Cain, eds., New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006.

Institutional Change in American Politics: The Case for Term Limits, Karl T. Kurtz, Bruce E. Cain, Richard G. Niemi, eds., Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007.

Democracy in the States: Experiments in Election Reform, co-edited with Todd Donovan and Caroline Tolbert, Washington D.C: Brookings Press, 2008.

Racial and Ethnic Politics in California: Continuity and Change, Volume 3, co-edited with Sandra Bass, Berkeley: Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2008.

Developments in American Politics VI, co-edited with Gillian Peele, Christopher Bailey, B. Guy Peters, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 

Article: All Over the Map: The Diversity of Western Water Plans
Article: The Transparency Paradox
Article: Our Peculiar Reform Challenge
Article: Overcoming Psychological Resistance toward Using Recycled Water as a Solution to California's Climate Change Challenge
Article: The Democratic Split over Electric Vehicles and a Petroleum Reduction Goal