David Mayhew

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Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Social and Policy Studies


Institution of Social and Policy Studies, Room D232
PO Box 208209,
77 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06520-8209
1(203) 432-5237


  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1964


David Mayhew is Sterling Professor of Political Science Emeritus.  He retired from Yale in 2015 but still teaches occasional courses.  He specializes in U.S. legislative behavior, political parties, and policymaking.  His books include The Imprint of Congress (2017), Partisan Balance (2011), Parties and Policies (2008), Electoral Realignments (2002), America’s Congress (2000), Divided We Govern (1991 & 2005), Placing Parties in American Politics (1986), Congress: The Electoral Connection (1974 & 2004), and Party Loyalty among Congressmen (1966).  Aside from Yale, where he began teaching in 1968, he has taught at UMass/Amherst, Amherst College, Oxford, and Harvard, and has held fellowships at Stanford and CalTech.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. 




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