- Ph.D., University of Rochester 1978, Political Science
- M.A., University of Rochester 1975, Political Science
- B.S., Portland State University 1972, Political Science
His research interests include methodology, political-economic history of American institutions, economic growth and entrepreneurship, and the political-economic history of railroads. He is the author or coauthor of over 50 articles as well as the author of Spatial Models of Parliamentary Voting (Cambridge University Press, 2005), a coauthor of Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2013), Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches (MIT Press, 2006), Ideology In Congress (Transaction Press 2007), and Congress: A Political-Economic History of Roll Call Voting (Oxford University Press, 1997).
He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie-Bosch Foundation, and the Center for Political Economy.
Professor Poole has served on the editorial boards of Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.
Areas of Expertise
- Railroads and American politics
- Probability & Statistics
- Political-economic history of American institutions
- Economic growth and entrepreneurship
- Political-economic history of railroads
- Ideology and Congress. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Press, 2007 (With Howard Rosenthal).
- Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006 (With Nolan M. McCarty and Howard Rosenthal).
- Spatial Models of Parliamentary Voting. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
- Congress: A Political-Economic History of Roll Call Voting. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997 (With Howard Rosenthal).
- Women, Public Opinion, and Politics: The Changing Political Attitudes of American Women. New York: Longman; 1985 (With L. Harmon Zeigler).
- “Does Gerrymandering Cause Polarization?” American Journal of Political Science, 53 (July):666-680, 2009 (with Nolan M. McCarty and Howard Rosenthal).
- “Measuring Bias and Uncertainty in DW-NOMINATE.” Political Analysis, 17(3):261-275, 2009 (with Royce Carroll, Jeffrey B. Lewis, James Lo, and Howard Rosenthal).
- “Comparing NOMINATE and IDEAL: Points of Difference and Monte Carlo Tests.” Legislative Studies Quarterly (forthcoming, with Royce Carroll, Jeffrey B. Lewis, James Lo, and Howard Rosenthal).
- “The Roots of the Polarization of Modern U. S. Politics.” Revista de Ciencia Politica, December, 2008.
- “Scaling Roll Call Votes with wnominate in R.” Journal of Statistical Software (forthcoming, with Royce Carroll, Jeffrey B. Lewis, and James Lo).
- “Inferring Universals From Grammatical Variation: Multidimensional Scaling for Typological Analysis.” Theoretical Linguistics, 34-1:1-37, 2008.
- “The Evolving Influence of Psychometrics in Political Science.” In Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology, edited by Jan Box-Steffensmeier, Henry Brady, and David Collier. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.