Alexander Keyssar
Matthew W. Stirling, Jr., Professor of History and Social Policy

Professor Keyssar is an historian by training and has specialized in the explanation of issues that have contemporary policy implications. His book, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (2000), was named the best book in US history by both the American Historical Association and the Historical Society; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. A significantly revised and updated edition of The Right to Vote was published in 2009. In 2004-5, Keyssar chaired the Social Science Research Council's National Research Commission on Voting and Elections, and writes frequently for the popular press about American politics and history. His current research interests include election reform, the history of democracies, and the evolution of political institutions in the US. VIEW FULL BIO