James F. Adams

James Adams Portrait

Position Title

670 Kerr Hall
1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616


  • 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.


  1. Adams, James, Luca Bernardi, and Christopher Wlezien. Forthcoming. “Social welfare policy outputs and governing parties’ Left-Right images: Do voters respond?” Journal of Politics.
  2. Adams, James, Luca Bernardi, Lawrence Ezrow, Oakley Gordon, Tzu-Ping Liu, and Christy Phillips. Forthcoming. “A problem with empirical studies of party policy shifts: Alternative measures of party shifts are uncorrelated.” European Journal of Political Research.
  3. Bernardi, Luca, and James Adams. Forthcoming. “Governing coalition partners’ images shift in parallel, but they do not converge.” Journal of Politics.
  4. Bernardi, Luca, and James Adams. Forthcoming. “Does government support respond to governments’ social welfare rhetoric or their spending? An analysis of government support in Britain, Spain, and the United States.” British Journal of Political Science.
  5. Neundorf, Anja, and James Adams. 2018. “The micro-foundations of party competition and issue ownership: The reciprocal effects of citizens’ issue salience and partisan attachments.” British Journal of Political Science 48(2): 385-406
  6. Adams, James, Erik Engstrom, Danielle Joeston, Jon Rogowski, Boris Shor, and Walt Stone. Forthcoming. 2017. “Do moderate voters weigh candidates’ ideologies? Voters’ decision rules in the 2010 congressional elections.” Political Behavior 39(1): 205-27.
  7. Adams, James, Lawrence Ezrow, and Christopher Wlezien. 2016. “The company you keep: How citizens infer party positions on European integration from governing coalition arrangements.” American Journal of Political Science 60(4): 811-23.


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.


  • Kellogg/Notre Dame Award for the best paper in Comparative Politics presented at the 2018 Midwest Political Science Association annual conference.

  • 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.