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Morris Fiorina

Morris P. Fiorina is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Formerly he was the Frank Thompson Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he taught from 1982–1998. From 1972–1982 he taught at the California Institute of Technology.

Professor Fiorina's research focuses on legislative and electoral processes with particular emphasis on the ways in which political institutions and procedures facilitate or distort the representation of citizen preferences.

He has just published Culture War: The Myth of a Polarized America with Samuel J. Abrams and Jeremy C. Pope (Pearson Longman, 2004).

Earlier he published numerous articles and books including The New American Democracy (Allyn & Bacon, 1998), Divided Government (2nd edition, Allyn & Bacon, 1996), and Home Style and Washington Work, coedited with David Rohde (University of Michigan Press, 1989). The Personal Vote: Constituency Service and Electoral Independence, coauthored with Bruce Cain and John Ferejohn (Harvard University Press, 1987), won the 1988 Richard F. Fenno Prize. He is also co-editor of Continuity and Change in House Elections (Stanford University Press and Hoover Press, 2000).

A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor Fiorina currently serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including American Political Research, British Journal of Political Science, Congress and the Presidency, Journal of Law, and Economics and Organization. From 1986 to 1990 he was chairman of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies.

Professor Fiorina received his B.A. degree from Allegheny College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He lives in Portola Valley with his wife and younger son.



Is the Culture War a myth?
ASK THIS | August 24, 2004
Most Americans stand in the middle of the political landscape, asserts Stanford Professor Morris P. Fiorina. He encourages the media to cast a skeptical eye on the activists – he suggests calling them blowhards - who would tell you otherwise.

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