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Herbert Weisberg

Herbert Weisberg

Herbert Weisberg

Professor Emeritus


2116 Derby Hall


Herbert Weisberg is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Ohio State University (Ph.D., Michigan, 1968).  He joined OSU in 1974 from the University of Michigan where he was a (tenured) Associated Professor.  Weisberg has served as President of the Midwest Political Science Association and co-edited the American Journal of Political Science.  He was program chair for the American Political Science Association annual meetings, and was founding president of the APSA organized section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior.  Weisberg served as Chair of the Department of the OSU Political Science Department from 2005 to 2011.

An American politics scholar, Herb Weisberg is known for his research and teaching on American voting behavior and Congress, as well as his work on survey research and political methodology.  He has taught in OSU’s Program in Survey Research and authored The Total Survey Error Approach: A Guide to the New Science of Survey Research (University of Chicago Press, 2005).  He is one of the coauthors of The American Voter Revisited (University of Michigan Press, 2008).  His other books on voting behavior include Controversies in Voting Behavior (5th ed., CQ Press, 2011), Models of Voting in Presidential Elections: The 2000 U.S. Election (Stanford University Press, 2004), and Democracy’s Feast (Chatham House, 1995).  He has edited special issues of Political Behavior on the 2004 U.S. presidential election and Electoral Studies on the 2008 U.S. presidential election.  He is a leading expert on party identification.  His books on Congress include Classics in Congressional Politics (Longman, 1999) and Great Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 1998).

His book The Politics of American Jews was published by University of Michigan Press in 2019. Other recent publications include: “Reconsidering Jewish Presidential Voting Statistics,” Contemporary Jewry (2012); “Tradition! Tradition? Jewish Voting in the 2012 Election,” PS: Political Science & Politics (2014); “The Decline in the White Vote for Barack Obama in 2012: Racial Attitudes or the Economy?” Electoral Studies (2015); and “The Michigan Four and their Study of American Voters: A Biography of a Collaboration,” P.S.: Political Science & Politics (2016). In autumn 2011, Weisberg was a Fellow at the Frankel Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

Weisberg previously taught at the University of Michigan and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Rochester, University of Essex, Rice University, California Institute of Technology, and University of California, Irvine. Before becoming department chair, he was Director of the OSU Center for Survey Research and longtime Director of the Department's Political Research Lab.

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