Bradley Spahn

Ph.D. Candidate,

Stanford Department of Political Science


Bradley Spahn is a Ph.D. Candidate in Stanford's Department of Political Science, where he studies American Politics and Political Methodology. His research uses voter file data to describe structural features of the American Electorate and improve survey methodology. His current book project, "Before The American Voter," draws on 60 years of voter file data from the California Great Registers, spanning the period 1908 to 1968. The book follows the partisan dynamics of millions of individual California voters over time, exploring political behavior before the advent of political surveys. It shows that fundamental features of American political behavior like partisan stability and differentiated partisanship on the basis of class and ethnicity are historically contingent, emerging out of the New Deal Realignment.

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