Faculty

John Zaller

Professor

Contact Information

Email    zaller@ucla.edu
Office  3355 Bunche Hall
Phone  (310) 825-7527
John Zaller studies American politics and public opinion. His first book, The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion (Cambridge, 1992), explored how political messages reach the public and influence its thinking. His forthcoming book, A Theory of Media Politics, describes how the conflicting interests of reporters, politicians, and citizens shape the news. A second in-progress book, which is co-authored with three graduate students in the department, is called Beating Reform: The Resurgence of Parties in Presidential Nominations, 1980 - 2000. Its argument is that, by coordinating among themselves and controlling the resources necessary to run in the primaries, party leaders now control presidential nominations as firmly as they did in the period prior to the McGovern-Fraser reforms. Other recent projects use simulation models to explore incumbency advantage in House elections and to determine the power of opinion surveys to identify the influence of media events on public sentiment. Professor Zaller teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in American politics, public opinion, and statistical methods. He served for eight years on the Board of Overseers of the National Election Studies and has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Degrees

U.C. Berkeley, 1984

Fields of Study

American Politics

Current Courses by Term

2016 Fall Quarter

Political Parties and Interest Groups: Political Parties

Honors Research in Political Science

2017 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

2015 Fall Quarter

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

Seminar: Political and Electoral Problems

2015 Spring Quarter

Political Parties and Interest Groups: Political Parties

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

2014 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Political Behavior

2013 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Political Behavior

2012 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Data Analysis

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2012 Summer Session

Electoral Politics: Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

2012 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Political Behavior

2011 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Data Analysis

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2011 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Data Analysis

2011 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Political Behavior

2010 Fall Quarter

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2010 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Political Behavior

2010 Winter Quarter

Electoral Politics: Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

Electoral Politics: Political Behavior Analysis

2009 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Data Analysis -- Research Version

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2009 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Political Behavior

2008 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Data Analysis

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2007 Spring Quarter

Electoral Politics: Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

Advanced Honors Seminars

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2007 Winter Quarter

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2006 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Political Behavior

2005 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Data Analysis -- Research Version

Electoral Politics: Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

Advanced Honors Seminars

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2005 Spring Quarter

Variable Topics Seminars for Majors: Politics

2005 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Data Analysis -- Research Version

Variable Topics Seminars for Majors: Politics

Survey Course in American Politics: Political Parties and the Electoral Process

2004 Fall Quarter

Electoral Politics: Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

Advanced Honors Seminars

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2004 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Data Analysis -- Research Version

Special Topics in American Government and Politics

2004 Winter Quarter

Electoral Politics: Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

2003 Fall Quarter

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2003 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Quantitative Research

2002 Fall Quarter

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

Survey Course in American Politics: Political Parties and the Electoral Process

2002 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Political and Electoral Problems

2002 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Quantitative Research

2001 Winter Quarter

Seminar for Majors: Politics

2000 Fall Quarter

Seminar for Majors: Politics

2000 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Quantitative Research

2000 Winter Quarter

Survey Course in American Politics: Political Parties and the Electoral Process

1999 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Quantitative Research

1999 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Quantitative Research

Survey Course in American Politics: Political Parties and the Electoral Process

Previous Courses by Course

POL SCI 191C
Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 209
Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2015 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 268
Seminar: Political and Electoral Problems

2015 Fall Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 142A
Political Parties and Interest Groups: Political Parties

2015 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 269
Seminar: Political Behavior

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 6
Introduction to Data Analysis

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 141B
Electoral Politics: Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

2012 Summer Session

2010 Winter Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 141C
Electoral Politics: Political Behavior Analysis

2010 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 6R
Introduction to Data Analysis -- Research Version

2009 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 189
Advanced Honors Seminars

2007 Spring Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 191C
Variable Topics Seminars for Majors: Politics

2005 Spring Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 260A
Survey Course in American Politics: Political Parties and the Electoral Process

2005 Winter Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 149
Special Topics in American Government and Politics

2004 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 6
Introduction to Quantitative Research

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

POL SCI C197C
Seminar for Majors: Politics

2001 Winter Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter