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Thad Kousser

Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego
Co-Director of the Yankelovich Center at UC San Diego

Thad Kousser is a professor of political science, and co-director of the Yankelovich Center at UC San Diego, where he studies American state and national politics. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, a Flinders Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Flinders University in Australia, received UCSD’s Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award, served as co-editor of the journals Legislative Studies Quarterly and State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and has worked as a staff assistant in the California, New Mexico, and United States Senates. Kousser also comments on American politics for venues such as NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Hill, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Diego Union Tribune.

Expertise & Interests

  • American state and national politics
  • Voting reforms
  • Direct democracy
  • Social media