David W. Rohde

David W.  Rohde
  • University Distinguished Professor Emeritus
  • Department of Political Science


David W. Rohde is a University Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He received his B.S. from Canisius College in 1967 and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1971. Rohde joined the Department as an Assistant Professor in 1970, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1973, and to Professor in 1978. He served as a University Distinguished Professor from 1992-1993 and from 1994 to 2005. Rohde is coauthor of Supreme Court Decision Making (1976), coeditor of Home Style and Washington Work (1989), author of Parties and Leaders in the Postreform House (1991), coeditor Why Not Parties? (2008), and coauthor of a series of fifteen books on U.S. presidential and congressional elections, the most recent of which is Change and Continuity in the 2008 and 2010 Elections (2012). Rohde is currently Ernestine Friedel Professor of Political Science and director of the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program at Duke University.