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 105 – State Politics 
  • PolSci 390 – Political Data Analysis
  • PolSci 473 – Public Opinion

Undergraduate Syllabi
Graduate Syllabi

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.
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., and Weinschenk, Aaron C. “Money, Candidates, and Mayoral Elections” Electoral Studies 35. (2014): 292-302.
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. “Forecasting U.S. Presidential Elections” In THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF AMERICAN ELECTIONS AND POLITICAL BEHAVIOR Ed. Leighley, Jan. Oxford University Press. (2010): 346-371.