Barry Burden

Position title: Lyons Family Professor: American Politics | Political Methodology


Phone: (608) 263-6351

Office: 101A/B North Hall

Affiliated with La Follette School of Public Affairs, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Center for Demography of Health and Aging


Ph.D. Ohio State University, 1998

B.A. Wittenberg University, 1993

Research Interests:

Civic Engagement, Congress, Election Administration, Elections, Gender, Political Parties, Public Opinion, Representation, Voting Behavior


Barry C. Burden is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also Director of the Elections Research Center and is the Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics.

His research and teaching are based in American politics, with an emphasis on electoral politics and representation. He is co-editor of The Measure of American Elections, author of Personal Roots of Representation, and co-author of Why Americans Split Their Tickets: Campaigns, Competition, and Divided Government. Burden has also published articles in the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceBritish Journal of Political ScienceLegislative Studies QuarterlyPolitical Science Quarterly, and Electoral Studies.

Burden is affiliated with the La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Center for Demography of Health and Aging, the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, and the Election Administration Project.


PS 989: American Politics Workshop Spring 2023

PS 873: American Political Parties Spring 2023

PS 601 Election Reform in America Spring 2018-2019

PS 305 Elections and Voting Behavior Fall 2018-2019

PS 699 Directed Study Summer 2018

PS 873 American Political Parties Fall 2018-2019

PS 989 American Politics Workshop Spring 2017-2018

PS 311 United States Congress Spring 2017-2018

PS 817 Empirical Methods of Political Inquiry Fall 2017-2018

PS 821 Mass Political Behavior Spring 2016-2017

PS 601 Election Reform in America Fall 2016-2017

PS 467 Elections and Voting Behavior Fall 2016-2017

PS 873 American Political Parties Spring 2015-2016

PS 467 Elections and Voting Behavior Spring 2015-2016

PS 817 Empirical Methods of Political Inquiry Fall 2015-2016

PS 426 The U.S. Congress Fall 2015-2016



Political Research Quarterly’s Top 20 Outstanding Reviewers of 2017.


Honored Instructor Award, Univeristy Housing.

Vilas Associate Award

Best Paper Award for “How Different Forms of HEalth Matter to Political Participation: The Roles of Cognitive Physical, and General Health.”

Won the Jewell-Loewenberg Prize for the best article published in Legislative Studies Quarterly in 2014.


Vilas Associate Award from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education


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

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