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James F. Adams


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1994
  • B.A., Economics, Princeton University, 1984


James Adams served as an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from July 2000 to June 2005. He joined the UC Davis Department of Political Science in July 2005. 

Research Focus

Professor Adams studies voting behavior, parties' election strategies, and mass-elite linkages in Western Europe and the United States. His work encompasses spatial models of party competition, and empirical analyses of parties' policy programs and of election outcomes.

Selected Publications

  • Adams, J., Ezrow, L., & Wlezien, C. (forthcoming) The company you keep: How citizens infer party positions on European integration from governing coalition arrangements, American Journal of Political Science.
  •  Neundorf, A., & Adams, J. (forthcoming) What this election is about: Party competition and the reciprocal effects of German citizens’ issue priorities and party attachments, 1984-2009, British Journal of Political Science.
  • Adams, J., Engstrom, E., Joeston, D., Rogowski, J., Shor, B., & Stone, W. (forthcoming) No evidence that moderate voters weigh candidates’ ideologies: Voters’ decision rules in the 2010 congressional elections, Political Behavior.
  • Adams, J., Scheiner, E., & Kawasumi, J. (forthcoming) Running on character? Running on policy? An analysis of Japanese candidates’ campaign platforms, Electoral Studies.
  • Fortunato, D., & Adams, J. (2015) How prime ministers influence perceptions of their junior partners, European Journal of Political Research 54(3): 601-21.
  • Adams, J., Ezrow, L., & Somer-Topcu, Z. (2014) Do voters respond to party manifestos or to the wider information environment? An analysis of mass-elite linkages on European integration, American Journal of Political Science 58(4): 967-78.
  • Adams, J., & Merrill, S., III (2014) Candidates’ policy strategies in primary elections: Does strategic voting by the primary electorate matter? Public Choice 160(1): 7-24. 


James Adams teaches undergraduate courses on postwar politics in Britain, France, and Germany, with special emphasis on political parties, public opinion, elections, and the European Union. He teaches graduate courses on elections and political representation in advanced industrial societies.  


  • Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the 2015 Midwest Political Science Association annual conference.
  • AJPS Best Article Award. Awarded for the best article appearing in the volume of the American Journal of Political Science published in the year preceding the 2012 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.
  • Outstanding Mentor Award from the Consortium for Women and Research, University of California, Davis, 2012.