Henry E. Brady

Henry Brady is the Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as dean of the Goldman School from 2009 to 2021. 

He received his PhD in Economics and Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1980. He has written on electoral politics and political participation, social welfare policy, political polling, political polarization and trust, the collapses of the Soviet Union, and statistical methodology. He has also worked for the federal Office of Management and Budget and other organizations in Washington, DC. He is past President of the American Political Science Association, past President of the Political Methodology Society of the American Political Science Association, and Director of the University of California’s Survey Research Center from 1998 to 2009. 

He is co-author of Letting the People Decide: Dynamics of a Canadian Election (1992), which won the Harold Innis Award for the best book in the social sciences published in English in Canada.  He co-authored Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics (1995), which won the Philip Converse Award for a book making a lasting contribution to public opinion research and also won the American Association for Public Opinion Research best book award for influential books that have stimulated theoretical and scientific research in public opinion.  He is also co-author of Expensive Children in Poor Families: The Intersection of Childhood Disability and Welfare (2000), Counting All the Votes: The Performance of Voting Technology in the United States (2001), and The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy (2012). He is co-editor of Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards (2004 and 2010), which won the Sartori Award for best book on qualitative methods, Capturing Campaign Effects (2006), and the Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology (2008).  His most recent book is Unequal and Unrepresented:  Political Inequality and the People’s Voice in the New Gilded Age (2018). Henry Brady has also authored numerous articles on political participation, political methodology, data science, the dynamics of public opinion, and other topics.  

Brady was elected a Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2003 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006.  In 2021, he received the Goodnow Award from the American Political Science Association for his career of “service to the community of teachers, researchers, and public servants who work in the many fields of politics.”