Valentina A. Bali

Valentina A. Bali
  • Associate Professor
  • American Politics, Public Policy, Research Methods
  • Department of Political Science
  • 338 S. Kedzie Hall
  • 368 Farm Lane
  • East Lansing MI 48823
  • 517-432-4491


Valentina A. Bali


Valentina A. Bali is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University.

Bali joined the MSU faculty in 2001. She received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2001.

Bali’s research interests focus on policy processes, state politics, education policy, representation, electoral behavior, and quantitative methods. In the area of education policy her current projects explore schools mission statements, their thematic purposes and determinants, using text analytic techniques. In the area of electoral behavior she examines the relative importance of key psychological motives for voting. Recently she has taught graduate courses in quantitative methods and policy processes, masters level courses in quantitative methods, and undergraduate courses in education policy.


  • Bali, Valentina, Lindon Robison, and Rick Winder. 2020. “What Motivates People to Vote? The Role of Selfishness, Duty, and Social Capital Motives.” Sage Open, October, 1-18.
  • Bali, Valentina. 2016. “Evolving Trends in Public Opinion on the Quality of Local Schools.” Educational Policy, 30 (5): 688-720.
  • Bali, Valentina, and Johan Park. 2015. “The Effect of the Electoral Calendar on Terrorist Attacks.” Electoral Studies, 35, 2014: 346-361
  • Bali, Valentina. 2009. “Tinkering Towards a National Identification System: Opinions from Citizens.” Policy Studies Journal, forthcoming.
  • Bali, Valentina, and Belinda C. Davis. 2008. “Examining the Role of Race, NIMBY, and Local Politics in FEMA Trailer Park Placement.” Social Science Quarterly, 89 (5): 1175-1194.
  • Bali, Valentina. 2008. “The Passage of Education Citizen Initiatives: Evidence from California.” Educational Policy, 22 (3): 422-456.
  • Bali, Valentina. 2006. “Terror and Elections: Lessons from Spain.” Electoral Studies, 26: 669-687.
  • Bali, Valentina, Dorothea Anagnostopoulos and Reginald Roberts. 2005. “Towards a Political Explanation of Grade Retention.” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 27 (2): 133-155.