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