Henry E. Brady is Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley with appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Goldman School of Public Policy. He is also faculty director of Berkeley’s Survey Research Center and the University of California Data Archive and Technical Assistance (UC DATA) program. Prior to coming to Berkeley he taught at Boston University, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago. He has a Ph.D. in economics and political science from MIT (1980) and undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics from Harvey Mudd College (1969).
Brady’s scholarly work includes publications on political methodology, political behavior, and public policy. His work examines the interaction between the mass public and elites in both democratic and transitional societies. He has undertaken surveys in Canada, Estonia, Russia, and the United States, and he has run large-scale field experiments on social welfare in California. He has published on American, Canadian, Estonian, and Russian public opinion, elections, and political participation, and on public policy topics including voting systems and social welfare policy. He is the author or co-author of over sixty professional articles. His books include Letting the People Decide (with Richard Johnston, Andre Blais, and Jean Crete, 1992) on the Canadian election of 1988 (winner of the Canadian government’s Harold Adams Innis Award for best book in the social sciences), Voice and Equality (with Sidney Verba and Kay Schlozman, 1995) on political participation in America (winner of the Converse award), Expensive Children in Poor Families: The Intersection of Childhood Disability and Welfare (with Marcia Meyers and Eva Seto, 2000), Rethinking Social Inquiry (co-edited with David Collier, 2004) about the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods (winner of the Sartori Award), Capturing Campaign Effects (co-edited with Richard Johnston, 2006), and the Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology (co-edited with Janet Box-Steffensmeier and David Collier, 2008). He is now completing (with Cynthia Kaplan) Gathering Voices: Political Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet Union.
In 2004 Brady was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2006 he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His service to the profession includes membership on the Board of the American National Election Studies, the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure. He has also worked with others to create the EITM (Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models) summer program. Brady’s contributions to APSA include service as Vice-President, as Treasurer, as a member of the Council, as co-Chair (with Margaret Weir) of the 2003 Program Committee, and as organizer of panels for the Political Methodology section and the Public Opinion and Voting section. He is past president and a founding member of the Political Methodology Society.