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Kim Quaile Hill

Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence
Professor Emeritus
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Research Interests

  • American Politics
  • Methods
  • Public Policy and Administration


Kim Hill’s research is principally concerned with the functioning of the democratic process, the roles of elites and the mass public in that process, and government policy making in democratic political systems. His most recent work seeks to advance systematic theory that explains how elite and mass preferences for policy are interrelated in democratic systems and how democratization affects the translation of mass preferences into policy.

Dr. Hill has published numerous journal articles on these concerns and related topics. He is also the author, co-author, or editor of several political science textbooks and of the following books of original research: Toward a New Strategy of Development, The Criminal’s Image of the City, Democracies in Crisis: Public Policy Responses to the Great Depression, and Democracy in the Fifty States.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses

  • POLS 209: Introduction to Political Science Research
  • POLS 352: Empirical Democratic Theory

Graduate courses

  • POLS 601: Components of Political Inquiry

Representative Publications

  • “Representation in Congress:  A Unified Theory.”  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2015 (with S. Jordan and P.A. Hurley).
  • “In Search of General Theory,” Journal of Politics 74(October, 2012), 917-931.
  •  “Church Engagement, Religious Values, and Mass-Elite Policy Agenda Agreement in Local Communities,” American Journal of Political Science 52(July, 2008), 570-584.  (with T. Matsubayashi).
  • “Civic Engagement and Mass-Elite Policy Agenda Agreement in American Communities,” American Political Science Review 99(May, 2005), 215-224.(with T. Matsubayashi).
  •  “Beyond the Demand-Input Model: A Theory of Representational Linkages,” Journal of Politics 65(May, 2003), 304-326. (with P.A. Hurley).