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B. Dan Wood

Cornerstone Fellow
Areas of Speciality
  • American Politics
  • Methods
  • LASB 314
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Research Interests

Dr. B. Dan Wood’s research evaluates the relative responsiveness of American political institutions to democratic influence. Most recently he has focused on the presidency. However, past work has also considered bureaucracies, Congress, the Supreme Court, the mass media, and public opinion.


Dr. Wood was listed in the January 2007 issue of PS: Political Science and Politics as among the 400 most cited political scientists in the world since 1940. He has published The Politics of Economic Leadership: The Causes and Consequences of Presidential Rhetoric (Princeton, 2007) and Bureaucratic Dynamics: The Role of Bureaucracy in a Democracy (Westview 1994). He has also published numerous articles in the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. Dr. Wood’s most recent book is entitled The Myth of Presidential Representation (Cambridge, 2009), which examines the nature of modern presidential representation and its implications for American democracy. He is currently working on several other projects, including a study evaluating the causes and consequences of the president’s foreign policy rhetoric, a study of civil rights agenda setting, and the determinants of public attitudes toward global climate change.

Dr. Wood was a University Faculty Fellow for 2002-2006. He has also received financial support from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, and various other entities. He is past president of the Midwest Political Science Association Public Administration Caucus. He was organizer of the 2002 Conference on Controlling the Bureaucracy and the 1999 Summer Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology. Dr. Wood received the Founders Award at the 2008 American Political Science Association convention, the Pi Sigma Alpha award at the 1990 Midwest Political Science Association convention, and the Stephen J. Wayne Award at the 2001 American Political Science Association convention.

Dr. Wood teaches undergraduate courses in the presidency, public policy, and economic policymaking. He teaches graduate courses in mathematical modeling, econometrics, time series analysis, maximum likelihood, and limited dependent variables. He is a regular instructor at the European Consortium for Political Research Summer School in Social Science Statistics and Data Collection at the University of Essex, and has also taught at the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer School at the University of Michigan.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:

  • POLS 209 – Intro to Political Science Research
  • POLS 319 – The American Presidency
  • POLS 475 – Government and the Economy

Graduate Courses:

  • POLS 603 – Quantitative Political Analysis II
  • POLS 606 –  Advanced Research Methods for Political Scientists
  • POLS 607 –  Advanced Research Methods for Political Scientists II