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Department of Political Science
University of Iowa
341 Schaeffer Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
319 335 2342

Academic Background

  • Director, Iowa Social Science Research Center, University of Iowa. 2015-present. 
  • Director, Social Science Program, University of Iowa Public Policy Center. 2013-2015.
  • Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa. 2013-present. 
  • Social Science Scholar in Residence, Public Policy Center, University of Iowa. 2011-2012. 
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa. 2006-2013. 
  • Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, School of Public Health, University of Michigan. 2005-2007.
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa. 2000-2006. 
  • California Institute of Technology, Ph.D., June 2000 in Social Sciences. 
  • Washington University, St Louis, B.A., magna cum laude, 1995 (Economics).

Grants and Fellowships

  • Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Scholar Assistants Award for “Patterns of Policy Diffusion Across the 50 States”, with Paul Skinner, 2008-2009.
  • University of Iowa Social Science Funding Program for “Venue Choice by Organized Interests”, 2008-2009.
  • University of Iowa CLAS Excellence and Innovation Funds, with Kevin Leicht and Joe Lang (for the Social Science Research Center's Interdisciplinary Methods Speakers Program), 2007-2008.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of Michigan, 2005-2007.
  • University of Iowa Old Gold Summer Fellowship, 2004.
  • University of Iowa Instructional Technology Proposal (#18-04), with David Redlawsk.
  • University of Iowa CLAS Summer Fellowship, 2003.
  • University of Iowa nTITLE workshop participant, 2002.
  • University of Iowa Old Gold Summer Fellowship, 2001.
  • Haynes Foundation Intermediate Graduate Student Fellowship, 1998-99.


The Indirect Effect of Direct Democracy: How Institutions Shape Interest Group Systems. The Ohio State University Press. OSUP's webpage.

Publications and Journal Articles (Refereed)

Boehmke, Frederick J., Tracy L. Osborn and Emily U. Schilling. N.d. “Pivotal Politics and Initiative Use in the American States.” Political Research Quarterly (accepted).

Kreitzer, Rebecca J. and Frederick J. Boehmke. 2016. “Modeling Heterogeneity in Pooled Event History Analysis.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 16 (1): 121-141.

Hays, Jude; Emily Schilling; and Frederick J. Boehmke. 2015. “Accounting for Right Censoring in Interdependent Duration Analysis.” Political Analysis 23 (3): 400-414.

Boehmke, Frederick J., Olga Chyzh and Cameron Thies. 2016. “Addressing Endogeneity in Actor-Specific Network Measures.” Political Science Research and Methods 4 (1) 123-149.

Boehmke, Frederick J. and Richard Witmer. 2015. “State Lobbying Registration By Native American Tribes.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 3(4): 633-648.

Boehmke, Frederick J. and Chuck Shipan. 2015. “Oversight Capabilities in the States: Are Professionalized Legislatures Better at Getting What They Want?” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 15 (3): 366-386.

Desmarais, Bruce; Jeffrey J. Harden and Frederick J. Boehmke. 2015. “Persistent Policy Pathways: Inferring Policy Diffusion Networks in the American States.” American Political Science Review 109 (2): 392-406.

    (Winner, 2013 Best Conference Paper in Political Networks.)
Boehmke, Frederick J. and R. Michael Alvarez. 2015. “Where the Good Signatures Are: Signatures Collection and Initiative Qualification In California.” Social Science Journal 52 (2): 248257.

Witmer, Richard C., Frederick J. Boehmke, and Josh Johnson. N.d. “Policymaking in the Forced Federalism Era.” Social Science Quarterly (forthcoming).

Boehmke, Frederick J. and R. Michael Alvarez. 2014. “The Influence of Signature Gathering Campaigns on Political Participation.” Social Science Quarterly 95 (1): 165183.

Boehmke, Frederick J, Sean Gailmard and John Wiggs Patty. 2013. “Business as Usual: Interest Group Access and Representation across Policy-Making Venues.” The Journal of Public Policy 33 (1): 3-33.

Boehmke, Frederick J.; Regina Branton; Gavin Dillingham; and Richard Witmer. 2012. “Close Enough for Comfort: A Spatial Analysis of Gaming Initiatives in California.” The Journal of Politics 74(3): 827-839.

Boehmke, Frederick J. and Paul Skinner. 2012. “State Policy Innovativeness Revisited.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 12 (3): 304-330.

Boehmke, Frederick J. and Richard C. Witmer. 2012. “Indian Nations as Interest Groups: Tribal Motivations for Contributions to U.S. Senators.” Political Research Quarterly 65 (1): 179-191.

Shannon, Megan, Daniel Morey, and Frederick J. Boehmke. 2010. “The Influence of International Organizations on War Initiation and Duration.” International Studies Quarterly 54(4): 1175-1141.

Boehmke, Frederick J. and Daniel Bowen. 2010. “Direct Democracy and Individual Interest Group Membership.” The Journal of Politics 72 (3): 659-671.

Boehmke, Frederick J. 2009. “Policy Emulation or Policy Convergence? Potential Ambiguities in the Dyad Event History Approach to State Policy Emulation.” The Journal of Politics 71 (3): 1125-1140.

Boehmke, Frederick J. 2009. “Approaches to Modeling the Adoption and Modification of Policies with Multiple Components.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 9 (2): 229-252.

Boehmke, Frederick J. 2008. “The Initiative Process and the Dynamics of State Interest Group Populations.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 8 (4): 362-383.

Witmer, Richard and Frederick J. Boehmke. 2007. “American Indian Political Incorporation in the Post- Indian Gaming Regulatory Act Era.” Social Science Journal 44 (1): 127-145.

Boehmke, Frederick J and John W. Patty. 2007. “The Selection of Policies for Ballot Initiatives: What Voters Can Learn from Legislative Inaction.” Economics and Politics 19 (1): 97-121.

Boehmke, Frederick J. 2006. “The Influence of Unobserved Factors on Position Timing and Content in the NAFTA Vote.” Political Analysis 14: 421-438.

    (Awarded the Warren Miller Prize for the best paper published in Political Analysis.)
Boehmke, Frederick J, Sean Gailmard and John Wiggs Patty. 2006. “Whose Ear to Bend? Information Sources and Venue Choice in Policy Making.” Quarterly Journal of Political Science 1 (2): 139-169.

Boehmke, Frederick J., Daniel Morey and Megan Shannon. 2006. “Selection Bias and Continuous-Time Duration Models: Consequences and a Proposed Solution.” American Journal of Political Science 50 (1): 192-207.

Alvarez, R. Michael, Frederick J. Boehmke and Jonathan Nagler. 2006. “Strategic Voting in British Elections.” Electoral Studies 25: 1-19.

Boehmke, Frederick J. 2005. “Sources of Variation in the Frequency of Statewide Initiatives: The Role of Interest Group Populations.” Political Research Quarterly 58 (4): 575-585.

Boehmke, Frederick J. and Richard Witmer. 2004. “Disentangling Diffusion: The Effects of Social Learning and Economic Competition on State Policy Innovation and Expansion.” Political Research Quarterly 57 (1): 39-51.

Boehmke, Frederick J. 2003. “Using Auxiliary Data to Estimate Selection Bias Models, With an Application to Interest Group Use of the Direct Initiative Process.” Political Analysis 11(3): 234-254.

Boehmke, Frederick J. 2002. “The Effect of Direct Democracy on the Size and Diversity of State Interest Group Populations.” The Journal of Politics 64: 827-844.

Book Chapters

“Tribal Political Expenditures in California and Washington D.C.” 2011 With Richard Witmer. In The New Politics of Indian Gaming: The Rise of Reservation Interest Groups, edited by Tracy A. Skopek and Kenneth N. Hansen. Reno: University of Nevada Press.

“The Initiative Process and Interest Group Attention to Legislative Activity.” 2008. In Direct Democracy's Impact on American Political Institutions, edited by Shaun Bowler and Amihai Glazer. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

“Contemporary Election Fraud: Studying State Election Fraud Cases.” 2008. With R. Michael Alvarez. In Election Fraud: Detecting and Deterring Electoral Manipulation, edited by R. Michael Alvarez, Thad E. Hall, and Susan D. Hyde. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Press.

Publications and Journal Articles (Not Refereed)

Selection Bias. In Bryman, Alan, Tim Futing Liao and Michael L. Lewis Beck, eds. 2004. Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. New York: Sage Publications.

Likelihood Ratio Test. In Bryman, Alan, Tim Futing Liao and Michael L. Lewis Beck, eds. 2004. Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. New York: Sage Publications.

Teaching Advanced Graduate Methods: Using Poster Sessions. The Political Methodologist (Newsletter of the Political Methodology Section of the APSA). Vol. 11, No. 1 (Fall 2002), pp. 2-3.

Book Reviews

Event History Modeling: A Guide for Social Scientists. By Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier and Bradford S. Jones. Perspectives on Politics Volume 3 (June 2005): 366-368.

The Political Economy of Expertise: Information and Efficiency in American National Politics. By Kevin M. Esterling. The Journal of Politics Volume 50 (August 2005): 959-961.

Under Review

“The Subversion of Administrative Oversight: Campaign Contributions and Nursing Home Inspections.”

“Are Filibusters Informative?” With Douglas Dion; William MacMillan; and Charles R. Shipan.

“Empirically Modeling Strategic Behavior with a Unified Model of Crisis Outcome and Duration.” With Brian Lai.

Working Papers

“Economic Voting in the American States.” With Michael S. Lewis-Beck and James Rydberg

“Direct Democracy and the Mobilization of Women Voters.” With Tracy Osborn.

“The Structure of Lobbying and Representation across Policymaking Venues.” With Sean Gailmard, John Wiggs Patty, and Andrew Pettine.

“Attention to State Legislation by Indian Nations in California: Is All Tribal Lobbying About Gaming?.” With Richard Witmer.

“Duration Dependence and Selection Bias.”

Work In Progress

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Frederick J. Boehmke:
Department of Political Science
341 Schaeffer Hall
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Phone: (319) 335 2342