Thomas Holbrook

Distinguished Professor and Wilder Crane Professor of Government
 Bolton Hall 660


PhD, University of Iowa
BA, University of Iowa

Research Interests

Political Behavior, Campaigns and Elections, State Politics, Research Methods

Courses Taught

  • PolSci 390 – Political Data Analysis
  • PolSci 473 – Public Opinion

Current Projects

Several papers on the civic function of presidential campaigns

Selected Publications

Holbrook, Thomas M. Altered States: Changing Populations, Changing Parties, and the Transformation of the American Political Landscape. Oxford University Press, 2016.
Bergower, Matthew, McClurg, Scott, and Holbrook, Thomas M. “Presidential Campaign Spending and Correct Voting from 2000 to 2008.” Social Science Quarterly. (2015).
Bergbower, Matthew, McClurg, Scott, and Holbrook, Thomas M. The Partisan Content of Candidate Messages in U.S. Senate Elections. 2015.
Weinschenk, Aaron C., and Holbrook, Thomas M. “The Determinants of Campaign Spending in Mayoral Elections.” State and Local Government Review 46.1 (2014): 13-27.
Holbrook, Thomas M., and Weinschenk, Aaron C. “Money, Candidates, and Mayoral Elections.” Electoral Studies 35. (2014): 292-302.
Holbrook, Thomas M., and Weinschenk, Aaron C. “Campaigns, Mobilization, and Turnout in Mayoral Elections.” Political Research Quarterly 67.1 (2014): 42-55.
Holbrook, Thomas M., Clayton, Clouse, and Aaron, Weinschenk. “Bringing the President Back in: The collapse of Lehman Brothers and Retrospective Voting in the 2008 Presidential Election.” Political Research Quarterly 65. (2012): 263-274.
Holbrook, Thomas M. “Forecasting U.S. Presidential Elections.” In THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF AMERICAN ELECTIONS AND POLITICAL BEHAVIOR. Ed. Leighley, Jan. Oxford University Press, (2010): 346-371.
Holbrook, Thomas M., and Heidbredder, Brianne. “Does measurement Matter? The Case of VAP vs. VEP in Models of Voter Turnout in the United States.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 10.2 (2010): 157-179.
Holbrook, Thomas M., and McClurg, Scott. “Living in a Battleground: Presidential Campaigns and Fundamental Predictors of Vote Choice.” Political Research Quarterly 62.3 (2009): 495-506.