David T. Canon is a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1987 and previously taught at Duke University.
His teaching and research interests are in American political institutions, especially Congress. He is author of Race, Redistricting, and Representation (University of Chicago Press, 1999, winner of the Richard Fenno award for the best book on legislative politics), The Dysfunctional Congress? The Individual Roots of an Institutional Dilemma (with Ken Mayer; 2nd ed. forthcoming with Columbia University Press), Actors, Athletes, and Astronauts: Political Amateurs in the U.S. Congress (University of Chicago Press, 1990), American Politics Today (with William Bianco,WW Norton, 3rd ed., 2013), several edited books, and various articles and book chapters.
He recently served as the Congress editor for Legislative Studies Quarterly and was a Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Debrecen, Hungary, in 2003-2004 and in Tübingen, Germany, in 2011-2012. His most recent research concerns election administration and election reform (with a continued interest in redistricting).
He teaches courses on American government with focus on Congress, race and politics, the president, and political parties and was the recipient of a University of Wisconsin Distinguished Teaching award.
Barry C. Burden, David T. Canon, Kenneth R. Mayer, Donald P. Moynihan, and Jacob R. Neiheisel, "What Happens at the Polling Place: Using Administrative Data to Look Inside Election," Public Administration Review 77:3 (May/June, 2017): 354-64
Barry C. Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, and Donald Moynihan "The Complicated Partisan Effects of State Election Laws,” Political Research Quarterly, forthcoming.
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, and Donald Moynihan. “Election Laws, Mobilization, and Turnout: The Unanticipated Consequences of Election Reform.” American Journal of Political Science 58, 1 (2014): 95-109.
David Canon, John Coleman, Kenneth Mayer. Faultlines: Debating the Issues in American Politics. 4th ed. 2014. Previous editions: 2011, 2007, 2004. New York: W.W. Norton.
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, Stéphane Lavertu, and Donald P. Moynihan. “Selection Methods, Partisanship, and the Administration of Elections,” Forthcoming (2013) American Politics Research.
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, and Donald P. Moynihan. “The Effects and Costs of Early Voting and Same Day Registration in the 2008 Elections,” Forthcoming (September, 2013) American Journal of Political Science.
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, Stéphane Lavertu, and Donald Moynihan. “Selection Methods, Partisanship, and the Administration of Elections.”;American Politics Research 41, 6 (2013): 903-36.
Burden, Barry C., Canon, David T., Mayer, Kenneth, & Moynihan, Donald P. (2012). The effect of administrative burden on bureaucratic perception of policies: Evidence from election administration. Public Administration Review, 72(5), 741-751.
Burden, B. C., Canon, D. T., Mayer, K. R., & Moynihan, D. P. (2011). Early voting and election day registration in the trenches: local officials' perceptions of election reform. Election Law Journal, 10(2), 89-102..
Honored Instructor Award
Honored Instructor Award UW Madison Division of University Housing
Co-author, Robert H. Durr 2013 Award for the best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem in political science Midwest Political Science Association
Named a Leon Epstein Faculty Fellow, 2013-2016, by Dean Gary Sandefur