John H. Aldrich is the Pfizer-Pratt University Professor of Political Science at Duke University. He received his BA from Allegheny College (1969; Gold Citation, 2009) and his MA (1971) and PhD (1975) from the University of Rochester (Distinguished Scholar Award, forthcoming, 2013), in Political Science. At Duke he has been department chair and was the founding director and then co-director (with professor Wendy Wood) of Duke's Social Science Research Institute. At Duke, he also received the inaugural Graduate Mentoring Award.
Aldrich's research has been centered mostly in American politics, but more recently, his work has become more comparative. His first book, Before the Convention (University of Chicago Press, 1980) assessed presidential nomination campaigns in the post-McGovern-Fraser era of primary-centered campaigning. His book Why Parties? (University of Chicago Press, 1995; 2011) won the Gladys Kammerer award in 1996. Since 1980, he has co-authored the Change and Continuity series on American elections (CQ Press), with Paul Abramson and David Rohde, and now being joined by Brad Gomez.
He has been actively involved in various survey research projects, including the American National Election Studies, where he currently serves as chair of its board, and is a member of the Planning Committee for the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems. An outgrowth of his work on the ANES is Improving Public Opinion Surveys (Princeton UP, 2012) which he co-edited with Kathleen McGraw. Aldrich co-authored "Foreign Policy and Voting in Presidential Elections" with Eugene Borgida and John Sullivan that won the Heinz Eulau award in 1990 for best article in the APSR.
Aldrich and David Rohde have studied the relationship among political parties, elections, and the Congress. This has led to a number of articles and chapters including ones that received the CQ Press Award (Legislative Studies Section, APSA) in 1966, and the Pi Sigma Alpha Award (SPSA), in 1997.
Aldrich is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and at the Rockefeller Center, Bellagio. He was co-PI and then PI for a Summer Institute of Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models. He co-edited the American Journal of Political Science, chaired the APSA Task Force on Interdisciplinarity, has been a member of the APSA council and its secretary, and was president of the Southern and Midwest Political Science Associations.