- Professor of Political Science; Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West; Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy; Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
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Bruce E. Cain is a professor of political science at Stanford and director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. He is also a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).
Cain’s areas of expertise include American politics, political regulation, democratic theory, and state and local government. An early contributor to the fields of election law and political regulation, he has written extensively on elections, legislative representation, California politics, redistricting and political regulation. Since 1984, Cain has been an election commentator, both on the radio and on television. Currently, Cain is also working on problems of environmental governance.
He is an expert in U.S. politics, and particularly the politics of California and the American West, including the political context for wildfire policy and disaster response. A pioneer in computer-assisted redistricting, he is a prominent scholar of elections, political regulation, and the relationships between lobbyists and elected officials.