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D. R. (Rod) Kiewiet

Professor of Political Science
D. Roderick Kiewiet
Contact information for D. R. (Rod) Kiewiet
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Mail Code: MC 228-77
Office: 100 Baxter Hall (77)
Phone: 626-395-4032
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B.A., University of Iowa, 1974; Ph.D., Yale University, 1980. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 1979-82; Associate Professor, 1982-89; Professor, 1989-. Dean of Students, 1992-96; Dean of Graduate Studies, 2000-02; Dean of Undergraduate Students, 2011-14.

Research Interests

American Politics; Public Policy; Public Finance


Political Science; Political Economy


Rod Kiewiet's research interests span a variety of topics in politics and public policy. Much of his work uses empirical analyses to better understand questions in formal political theory. His current research focuses on the level and distribution of public-school funding across the United States during the past 30 years and on the fiscal challenges facing state and local governments. He also maintains an interest in the role of quantitative analysis in the world of sports. During the 2013–14 academic year, he co-taught a freshman seminar called The Theory and Practice of Moneyball with Fred Claire, former general manager of the Dodgers.

Kiewiet was named a University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow in 2002. He received the Gladys M. Kammerer Award from the American Political Science Association in 1992 and the Congressional Quarterly Press Award in 1986, which were both shared with Mathew D. McCubbins. Kiewiet has written four books and dozens of articles, and he has served on several editorial boards and executive councils.

Papers that Nobody Seems to be Reading but I Think You Might Enjoy

"The Day after Tomorrow: The Politics of Public Employee Retirement Benefits." 2010. California Journal of Politics and Policy 2:1-30.

"Rationality and Rationalistic Choice in the California Recall," with R. Michael Alvarez. 2009. British Journal of Political Science 39:267-90.

"Voter Rationality and Democratic Government," with Andrea Mattozzi. 2008. Critical Review 20:313-26.

"Vote Trading in the First Federal Congress? James Madison and the Compromise of 1790." In Sam Kernell, (ed.), James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government. 2003. Stanford: Stanford University Press.