William G. JacobyWilliam G. Jacoby

Director, ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research
Professor, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University
Research Scientist, ICPSR

Brief Biography

William G. Jacoby is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University and Research Scientist at ICPSR, where he is Director of the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. Dr. Jacoby received his B.A. from the University of Delaware, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as Editor of the Journal of Politics from 2001-2004. Dr. Jacoby's areas of specialization are mass political behavior and quantitative methodology. His substantive research focuses on ideology and personal value choices in public opinion and voting behavior. His methodological interests include measurement theory, scaling methods, and statistical graphics. For more information, see Dr. Jacoby's website.

Recent Publications


Lewis-Beck, Michael S.; William G. Jacoby; Helmut Norpoth; Herbert F. Weisberg. (2008) The American Voter Revisited. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Book Chapters

Jacoby, William G. (2010) "The American Voter." In Jan E. Leighley (Editor), The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Jacoby, William G. (2011) "Attitude Organization in the Mass Public: The Impact of Ideology and Partisanship." In Lawrence Jacobs and Robert Y. Shapiro (Editors), The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming).

Journal Articles

Schneider, Saundra K. and William G. Jacoby. (2011) "Citizens' Perceptions of Intergovernmental Policy Responsibilities." Publius: The Journal of Federalism 41: (Forthcoming).

Jacoby, William G. (2011) "Policy Attitudes, Ideology, and Voting Behavior in the 2008 Election." Electoral Studies 30: (Forthcoming).

Jacoby, William G. (2009) "Ideology and Vote Choice in the 2004 Election." Electoral Studies 28: 584-594.

Jacoby, William G. (2009) "Public Opinion During a Presidential Campaign: Distinguishing the Effects of Environmental Evolution and Attitude Change." 2009. Electoral Studies 28: 422-463.

Jacoby, William G. and Saundra K. Schneider. (2009) "A New Measure of Policy Spending Priorities in the American States". Political Analysis. 17:1-24.

Jacoby, William G. (2008) "Comment: The Dimensionality of Attitudes Toward Government Spending." Political Research Quarterly.

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