- American Politics
- Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods
Chris Achen's research interests are empirical democratic theory, American and comparative politics, and political methodology. He is the author or co-author of six books, including most recently Democracy for Realists (2016) and the forthcoming Taiwan Voter (2017). His next book will interpret interest group politics in the light of democratic theory.
Professor Achen was the first president of the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and Princeton's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. He received the first career achievement award from The Political Methodology Section of The American Political Science Association in 2007. He is also the recipient of an award from the University of Michigan for lifetime achievement in training graduate students. Recent academic placements of graduate students for whom he was the principal dissertation advisor include Stanford, Duke, and the London School of Economics.
PhD, Yale University; B.A., University of California at Berkeley