Henry Brady

Henry Brady

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
Goldman School of Public Policy
(510) 642-5116
Research Expertise and Interest
comparative politics, public policy, electoral politics, political participation, survey research, program evaluation, statistical methods in the social sciences, social welfare policy, Soviet Union, inequality in America
Research Description

Professor Brady's current research interests include:

  • Unequal political participation in America.
  • Political participation and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • The dynamics of public opinion and political campaigns.
  • Social welfare policy and the evaluation of social welfare programs
  • Statistical methodology and data science 

Brady has co-authored numerous books including Letting the People Decide: Dynamics of a Canadian Election (1992) which won the Harold Adams Innis Award for the best book in the social sciences published in English in Canada in 1992-1993; Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics (1995) which was featured in an American Political Science Review symposium in 1997 and which won the Converse Award for making a lasting contribution to research on political behavior; Expensive Children in Poor Families: The Intersection of Childhood Disabilities and Welfare, 2000; The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Participation and the Broken Promise of American Democracy (2012), and Unequal and Unrepresented:  Political Inequality and the People's Voice in the New Gilded Age (2018).  He has also co-edited Capturing Campaign Effects (2006), Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards (2004, 2010), and The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology (2008). Brady has also authored numerous articles on political participation, political methodology, the dynamics of public opinion, and other topics.

In the News

July 1, 2014

Berkeley a big part of new UC initiative on global food needs

The University of California is launching an initiative to marshal resources across the UC campuses — including Berkeley’s 90 courses, 150 faculty and staff and multiple institutes and centers devoted to the study of agriculture and food — to address global food challenges.

Featured in the Media

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September 10, 2018
Henry E. Brady

Commenting on the findings of a new report from Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education, Public Policy Dean Henry Brady compares UC's value to the state of California with the plunge in state support for the institution. "Despite some increases in state funding in recent years, calculations in the 2018-19 University of California Budget for Current Operations show that UC now operates on $11,000 less per student in inflation-adjusted dollars than it obtained in 2000," he says. Calling on the next governor to "safeguard this jewel," he says: "The University of California is the best state research and teaching university system in the world. UC contributes significantly to the state's thriving economy, its pre-eminence in science and technology, and its leadership in creating a decent and humane place to live." For more on this, see our story at Berkeley News.