W. Phillips Shively is Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He has also taught at the University of Oregon and Yale University, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Oslo. His research deals with the comparative study of elections, and with methods of data analysis. He is the author (with Chris Achen) of Cross-Level Inference and of a textbook, The Craft of Political Research, as well as numerous articles on elections and on methods of analysis. He has served as editor of the American Journal of Political Science and as chair and principal investigator of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems project, as well as various administrative positions at the University of Minnesota. His true love is natural history.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: , University of North Carolina, 1969 -


  • elections around the world
  • comparative politics
  • Western Europe
  • democracies