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Richard F Bensel

Gary S. Davis Professor of Government

Richard F Bensel

White Hall, Room 312


Richard Bensel (Ph.D. Cornell University) is the Gary S. Davis Professor of Government. His primary fields are American politics and political economy. His research and teaching interests include American political development, parties and elections, the United States Congress, comparative state formation, political culture, institutional change, and philosophy of social science.


Course Syllabi

Govt 4021 American Conservative Thought

Govt 6121 American Political Development

Govt 6122 Philosophical and Empirical Foundations of the Social Sciences

Govt 6151 State and Economy in Comparative Perspective

Govt 6202 Political Culture


  • American Studies Program
  • Government
  • History

Graduate Fields

  • American Studies
  • Government
  • History


  • American Political Development
  • Parties and Elections
  • United States Congress
  • Comparative State Formation
  • Institutional Change
  • Political Culture
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences


Fall 2021

Spring 2022