Robert Huckfeldt

Robert Huckfeldt Portrait

Position Title
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

584 Kerr Hall
1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Washington University, St. Louis, MO., 1977
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, Chicago, IL, 1974
  • B.S., Political Science, Concordia College, Seward, NE, 1973


Robert Huckfeldt received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the past president of the Midwest Political Science Association; past chair of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association; and the past president of the Political Networks Section of the American Political Science Association. He has served in a number of administrative roles, including political science department chair at Indiana University and UC Davis, and director of the UC Center Sacramento and the UC Davis Institute for Governmental Affairs. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Research Focus

Professor Huckfeldt’s primary research interests lie in participation, communication, and decision-making. The unifying focus of his work is on individuals who are imbedded within social contexts and connected to one another through networks of communication. He has carried out studies of urban neighborhoods, national election studies, comparative studies of urban areas, and cross-national election studies, as well as experimental studies and dynamic simulations of political processes. He is currently engaged in a study of political expertise and influence within communication networks, as well as a study of the implications of the civil rights movement for the transformation of American politics and political parties. These projects involve survey analysis, group-based experiments, agent-based models, roll call analyses, and more.


  • Ahn, T. K., Huckfeldt, R., & Ryan, J. B. (2014) Experts, Activists, and Interdependent Citizens: Are Electorates Self-Educating? New York: Cambridge University Press
  • Huckfeldt, R., Pietryka, M. T., & Reilly, J. (2014) Noise, bias, and expertise in political communication networks, Social Networks 36: 110-121
  • Huckfeldt, R. (2014) Taking interdependence seriously: Platforms for understanding political communication,” in Kate Kenski and Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Political Communication, New York: Oxford
  • Huckfeldt, R., Mondak, J. J., Hayes, M., Pietryka, M. T., & Reilly, J. (2013) Networks, interdependence, and social influence in politics,” in Leonie Huddy, David O. Sears, and Jack S. Levy (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology, 2nd edition, New York: Oxford
  • Ahn, T. K., Huckfeldt, R., Mayer, A. K., & Ryan, J. B. (2013) Expertise and bias in political communication networks, American Journal of Political Science 57: 357-373
  • T.K. Ahn, Huckfeldt, R., & Ryan, J. B. (2010) Communication, influence, and informational asymmetries among voters, Political Psychology 31: 763-787.


American politics, networks and contexts in politics, voting, elections and public opinion, urban politics


  • E.E. Schattschneider Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA) for best dissertation in American politics, 1979.
  • Doris Graber Book Award from the Communication Section of the APSA, 2012 for Political Disagreement (Cambridge University Press).
  • Philip Converse Book Award from the Elections, Voting, and Public Opinion Section of the APSA, 2015, for Citizens, Politics, and Social Communication (Cambridge University Press).
  • Ithiel de Sola Poole Award, American Political Science Association, 2016.
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014.
  • Career Achievement Award, Political Networks Section of the APSA , 2018.