David W. Brady

Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values

Professor of Political Science, School of Humanities and Sciences
Deputy Director and Davies Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Morris M. Doyle Centennial Chair in Public Policy, Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Phone: (650) 723-9702

Email: dbrady@stanford.edu

Academic Areas: Political Economy

Brady's research focuses on the American Congress, the party system, and public policy. He has studied the critical congressional realignments of 1860, 1896, and 1932, and has concluded that the rising number of safe seats and the waning importance of presidential coattails have made it much more difficult for a realigning election to take place in the United States. He also has written on Internet voting, the women's movement, regulation of the nuclear industry, apportionment, the Supreme Court handling of abortion, and Korean and Japanese politics. He presently heads a joint project between the Brookings Institution and the Hoover Institution on Polarization in American Politics.


David Brady began his teaching career at Kansas State University in 1970, from there moved to Houston, Texas, where he taught at both the University of Houston and Rice University, where in 1981 he was named Autry Distinguished Professor of Social Science. In 1986 he moved to Stanford University with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Business and Political Science. While at Stanford he has served as Associate Dean for Academic affairs in the GSB and as Vice Provost for Distance Learning at Stanford. He has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987. He presently holds the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professorship in Ethics at the Business School and is Deputy Director of the Hoover Institution.

Professor Brady's teaching focuses on non-market strategy for corporations and ethical applications in building quality companies. In addition to his Business School teaching he also teaches an undergraduate course in public policy. He has been awarded several teaching awards including the prestigious Dinkelspiel and Phi Beta Kappa distinguished teacher prizes.

His research focuses on the ties between elections, institutions (especially legislatures) and public policies. This work includes studies of American political history and comparitive studies of Britain, Ireland, Korea and Japan. His most recent project is as codirector of the Hoover Brookings joint project on political polarization in America.

Academic Degrees

PhD, 1970; MA, 1967; Univ. of Iowa; BS, 1963, Western Illinois Univ.

Professional Experience

At Stanford since 1987.

Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 2001-02, 1985-86; Business School Trust Faculty Fellow for 1991-92; Autrey Prof., Rice Univ., 1980-87; Assoc. Prof.-Prof., Univ. of Houston, 1972-79; Asst. Prof., Kansas State Univ., 1969-72; C.I.C. Scholar, Univ. of Michigan, 1964-65.

Selected Publications

  • Revolving Gridlock: Politics and Policy from Carter to Bush II: Westview Press, 2005
  • A Delayed Return to Historical Norms: Congressional Party Polarization After the Second World War: British Journal of Political Science, 2006
  • Polarization Then and Now: A Historical Perspective: Red and Blue Nation: Brookings and Hoover Press, 2006
  • Primary Elections and Candidate Ideology: Out of Step with the Primary Electorate?: Legislative Studies Quarterly, 2006
  • Out of Step, Out of Office: Congressional Voting and Elections: American Political Science Review, 2002

Working Papers

  • 1231: Party Identification, Retrospective Voting and Moderating Elections in a Federal System: West Germany 1961-1989
  • 990: Turnout and the Calculation of Swing Ratios
  • 970: The Marginals Never Vanished?

Selected Cases

  • SM143: Reliance Infocomm
  • SI33: Mirae: Charitable Giving in North Korea
  • SI12: Beginning With Children Foundation
  • IB14B: Nike - Managing in the Non-Market Environment
  • IB14A: Nike - A History

Awards and Honors

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2000
  • Silver Apple Award, 1997, Stanford Graduate School of Business (Service to Alumni)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Distinguished Teaching Award, 1991, Stanford University



  • Acting Vice Provost: Learning Technologies and Extended Education (LTEE) (1990 - 1991)
  • Faculty Advisor: Public Management Program (1998 - present)
  • Vice President: American Political Science Assn. (1995 - present)

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