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Eric Schickler

Professor, Jeffrey & Ashley McDermott Endowed Chair
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Eric Schickler is the Jeffrey & Ashley McDermott Professor of Political Science and co-Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies American politics, with a focus on the U.S. Congress, American political development, political parties, and polarization. He is the author of three books which have won the Richard F. Fenno, Jr. Prize for the best book on legislative politics: Disjointed Pluralism: Institutional Innovation and the Development of the U.S. Congress (2001), Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the United States Senate (2006, with Gregory Wawro), and Investigating the President: Congressional Checks on Presidential Power (2016, with Douglas Kriner; also winner of the Richard E. Neustadt Prize for the best book on executive politics).  His book, Racial Realignment: The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932-1965, was the winner of the Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book on government, politics or international affairs published in 2016, and was co-winner of the J. David Greenstone Prize for the best book in history and politics from the previous two calendar years. He is also the co-author of Partisan Hearts and Minds, which was published in 2002. He is currently completing a co-authored book manuscript, with Paul Pierson, Madison Upside Down: The Rise of Nationalized Polarization and the Crisis of the American Constitutional Order. Schickler was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2017.  He received his B.A. from New College of Florida and his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Academic Subfields
Research Interests
American Political Development
Political Parties
B.A., New College of the University of South Florida
M.A., Yale University
M.Phil., Yale University
Ph.D., Yale University