Frederick J. Boehmke

Welcome, I am a Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa and Director of the Iowa Social Science Research Center in the Public Policy Center. My research focuses on the effect of direct democracy on interest groups -- my book on this subject was published by The Ohio State University Press (the Introduction is available online). I also do research on policy diffusion across the American states. In general I like to develop and test empirical and formal models of political phenomena. If you have any questions about me or our program, or would like to discuss any research, please email me.

You can check out the following areas of my academic life.

Or the following about political science in general.

Recent Publications:

"The Filibuster as a War of Attrition" with Doug Dion, Chuck Shipan, and Bill MacMillan.


"The Seeds of Policy Change: Leveraging Diffusion to Disseminate Policy Innovations" with Abby Rury, Bruce Desmarais, & Jeff Harden.


Resources for graduate students
Iowa Social Science Research Center
Hawkeye Poll

Last Updated: September 22, 2016